God After the Death of God: Postmodern Echoes of Premodern Thought|
Fall 2009 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
The proclamation is well known: Nietzsche's madman cries throughout the marketplace that "God himself is dead, and we have killed him." This message has appeared on magazine covers, T-shirts, and coffee mugs, but what, exactly, does it mean? Which "God" is it that "we" have killed, and how? Even more puzzlingly, how is it that Christian thought is not entirely disabled by this claim? This advanced seminar will explore various post-Nietzschean attempts to come to terms with the eclipse of the very source of traditional Christian thinking and will track the ways in which these strategies resonate with premodern, mystical theologies.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Selections from Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Meister Eckhart, and Teresa of Avila
Pseudo-Dionysius, THE MYSTICAL THEOLOGY
Marion, Jean-Luc, GOD WITHOUT BEING
Hollywood, Amy, SENSIBLE ECSTASY
Taylor, Mark C., ERRING
Dillard, Annie, HOLY THE FIRM
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Full attendance and participation, weekly response papers, two short essays and one longer essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Method & Theory" requirement for the department major.
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