Continental philosophy underwent a ‘return to religion’ or a ‘theological turn’ in the late 20th century. And yet any conversation between continental philosophy and theology must begin by addressing the perceived distance between them: that one is concerned with destroying all normative, metaphysical order (continental philosophy’s task) and the other with preserving religious identity and community in the face of an increasingly secular society (theology’s task). Colby Dickinson argues in Continental Philosophy and Theology rather that perhaps such a tension is constitutive of the nature of order, thinking and representation which typically take dualistic forms and which might be rethought, though not necessarily abolished. Such a shift in perspective even allows one to contemplate this distance as not opting for one side over the other or by striking a middle ground, but as calling for a nondualistic theology that measures the complexity and inherently comparative nature of theological inquiry in order to realign theology’s relationship to continental philosophy entirely.

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Colby Dickinson, Ph.D. (2012), Catholic University of Leuven, is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of many books and articles, including Words Fail: Theology, Poetry, and the Challenge of Representation (Fordham, 2016).
Continental Philosophy and Theology
Colby Dickinson
 Part 1: The Political-Theological Stakes of Continental Thought
 Part 2: Reassessing the Dualisms within Political Theology
 Part 3: Continental Thought beyond Dualistic Thinking
All interested in a survey of the relationship between continental philosophy and theological discourse in the modern period, especially those with an interest as well in political theology.
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