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  • Heavenly being meets scientist
  • Complication of the eye
  • Chance or purpose
  • Constructive Theology in Deconstructive Wineskins

    1. 1. CONSTRUCTIVE THEOLOGY IN DECONSTRUCTIVE WINESKINS philip clayton & tripp fuller
    2. 2. DARWIN: FROM THE GREAT CHAIN TO THE MISSING LINK
    3. 3. DARWIN: EVOLUTIONARY PRINCIPLES • Common Ancestry • Random Variation • Selective Retention • Natural Selection becomes the mechanism of speciation
    4. 4. DARWIN: THEOLOGICAL CHALLENGES • Biblical Authority • Argument From Design • Ethics & the War of Nature • Viable Materialism & the imago dei
    5. 5. THEOLOGY AFTER DARWIN Beyond Dawkins’ Atheism and Barth’s Religion
    6. 6. MARX: BELIEFS ARE PRODUCTS, NOT CAUSES • economics is the motor • ideasonly along for the ride: ‘super-structure’ ideology • “Religion is the opiate of the people”
    7. 7. FROM THEISM TO MARXISM ... AND BACK? • Hegel: The unfolding of Spirit • "God in the fire is nothing else than produces the world the being of fire which is so striking to men because of its effects and • Feuerbach and Marx: the unfolding of qualities; God in man is nothing else the material world produces (ideas than the being of man" (Feuerbach) of ) Spirit • Feuerbach: "The new philosophy is • Hegel: The unfolding of Spirit the complete and absolute produces the world dissolution of theology into anthropology."  Marx: "... and then into • Feuerbach and Marx: the unfolding of economics!" the material world produces (ideas of ) Spirit
    8. 8. EVERYONE’S A LITTLE BIT MARXIST SOMETIMES
    9. 9. REV. CREFLO DOLLAR When you see this I bet you are thinking.....
    10. 10. THIS YOU MARXIST....
    11. 11. MARX theological appropriations & dead ends
    12. 12. LYOTARD: DEATH TO ALL METANARRATIVES • All talking is "telling" • All "telling" is from a place; "situated knowledge" (Donna Haraway) • Telling a "metanarrative" (e.g., salvation history) is only a power play • Herein lies the (meta-)narrative of postmodernism!
    13. 13. THE POSTMODERN CONDITION “Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives. This incredulity is undoubtedly a product of progress in the sciences: but that progress in turn presupposes it.[...] The narrative function is losing its functors, its great hero, its great dangers, its great voyages, its great goal. It is being dispersed in clouds of narrative language elements—narrative, but also denotative, prescriptive, descriptive, and so on [...] Where, after the metanarratives, can legitimacy reside?”
    14. 14. THE POSTMODERN CONDITION "Narratives, as we have seen, determine criteria of competence and/or illustrate how they are to be applied. They thus define what has the right to be said and done in the culture in question, and since they are themselves a part of that culture, they are legitimated by the simple fact that they do what they do." "Knowledge is and will be produced in order to be sold, it is and will be consumed in order to be valorised in a new production: in both cases, the goal is exchange." "A self does not amount to much, but no self is an island; each exists in a fabric of relations that is now more complex and mobile than ever before. " "That is what the postmodern world is all about. Many people have lost the nostalgia for the lost narrative."
    15. 15. metanarratives for manipulating the present
    16. 16. metanarratives for an alternative to the present
    17. 17. FOUCAULT Power/Knowledge and Regimes of Truth
    18. 18. FOUCAULT: POWER/KNOWLEDGE AND REGIMES OF TRUTH • The "genealogy of ideas" (Nietzsche), not the history of Spirit or the unfolding of divine purposes • The “archeology of knowledge,” not justified true belief. • The politics of concepts (madness, sexuality), not their morality. • "Power/knowledge". Societies are “regimes of truth” embodied in discourse
    19. 19. FOUCAULT of protracted “truth isn't the reward of free spirits, the child solitude, nor the privilege of those who have succeeded in liberating themselves. Truth is a thing of this world: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of constraint. And it includes regular effects of power. …'Truth' is to be understood as a system of ordered procedures for the production, regulation, distribution, circulation and operation of statements. …'Truth' is linked in a circular relation with systems of power which produce and sustain it, and to effects of power which it induces and which extend it. A 'regime' of truth. (133)
    20. 20. FOUCAULT Cultural phenomena like exams involve “the deployment of force and the establishment of truth” (Discipline and Punish, 184). “The history which bears and determines us has the form of a war rather than that of a language: relations of power, not relations of meaning. ” “As the archaeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.” (cf. The Order of Things, 309). “The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is ... to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will”
    21. 21. OH MY GODDESS! Foucault, Feminism, and the holy phallic
    22. 22. LEVINAS the golden (rule) philosophy
    23. 23. LEVINAS: the golden (rule) philosophy • “Here I Am” • Rejecting the Totalizing Project • the Other as Other • the Original Ethical Relation • from Disclosure to the Testimony of truth
    24. 24. GOD BEYOND BEING Jean-Luc Marion
    25. 25. The proximity of the Other, the proximity of the neighbor, is in being an ineluctable moment of the revelation of an absolute presence (that is, disengaged from every relation), which expresses itself. . . . God rises to his supreme and ultimate presence as correlative to the justice rendered unto men. . . . The work of justice – the uprightness of the face to face – is necessary in order that the breach that leads to God be produced. . . . The establishing of this primacy of the ethical, that is, of the relationship of man to man – signification, teaching and justice – a primacy of an irreducible structure upon which all the other structures rest (and in particular all those which, in an original way, seem to put us in contact with an impersonal sublime, aesthetic or ontological), is one of the objectives of the present work. - Totality and Infinity
    26. 26. Ethics is not the corollary of the vision of God, it is that very vision at least for a “religion” of adults. Religion is where relationship subsists between the same and the other, despite the impossibility of the Whole – the idea of Infinity – is the ultimate structure. Everything that cannot be brought back to an [ethical] inter- human relation represents not the superior form but the forever primitive form of religion. The Bible is a book that leads us not toward the mystery of God, but toward the human tasks of man. Monotheism is a humanism. Only simpletons made it into a theological arithmetic. To know God is to know what must be done.
    27. 27. DERRIDA the death of the logos
    28. 28. DERRIDA: THE DEATH OF LOGOCENTRISM • beyond binaries • the privilege of difference • meaning perpetually deferred • living in the aporia
    29. 29. THE 4 DEATHS OF DERRIDIAN THEOLOGY Mark C. Taylor
    30. 30. QUESTIONS COMMENTS CONCERNS prayers
    31. 31. RETURNING TO THE 7 QUESTIONS • God & the World • Christology • Anthropology
    32. 32. CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS soteriology Darwin Marx ecclesiology Foucault pneumatology Lyotard eschatology Derrida Levinas

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