Polyphonic Thinking and the Divine


Volume Editor:
Philosophy of religion is a highly diversified field. An apt description of it is “zoo.” It conjures imagery of a species-wide cacophony of sights and sounds. While some bemoan what this description implies, contributors to this volume appreciate it. There is no reason why a zoo should intimate a den of confusion rather than an important condition of emergence and novelty. “Polyphonic” is the catchall term to capture this sentiment. It signals a way of thinking that resists the desire to siphon insight into manageable packets of information in the name of historicality and finitude. A polyphonic, then, is a variegated and discontinuous study that breaks with a tradition that desires continuity and unification, without being erratic. This volume is an exercise in polyphonic thinking. Each contributing scholar develops ideas in connection with his or her research interests. Despite the fluctuation of themes, symmetry exists as each piece sounds off a core melody of religion and the divine. The book contributes to the advancement of current research in contemporary Continental philosophy of religion. By juxtaposing articles by cultural theorists and philosophers of religion, religionists and theologians, the book emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary and polyphonic conversation to the development of matters of topical interest and issues related to method and ethics in religious studies, and theology.

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Jim Kanaris: Introduction
Identity, Theology, Faith
Gabriel Vahanian: Theology and the Obsession with Identity
Douglas John Hall: Religion, Faith, and the Human Future
Scott Halse: In What Sense is Faith Rational? The Case of Bernard Lonergan
Herb Gruning: Divine Elbow Room
Joseph C. McLelland: Divine Impotence
Alterity, Method, Topology
Michelle Rebidoux: The Levinasian Psychism and its “Others”
James Mark Shields: Zange and Sorge: Models of “Concern” in Comparative Philosophy of Religion
Jim Kanaris: Enecstasis: A Disposition for our Times?
Religion, Globality, Relationality
Arvind Sharma: Can We Continue to Use the Word “Religion” with Impunity?
David Koloszyc: On Relations without Relations: Religion, Literature, and Psychoanalysis in Julia Kristeva’s Theory
Nathan Loewen: Doing Philosophy of Religion as Glocal Losers
Sylvain Destrempes: Deictics: The Other as Quest
Christian Saint-Germain: Owing Life: Surviving Your Father
Writings by Maurice Boutin
Works Cited
About the Contributors
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