Post-Secular Philosophy - edited by Phillip Blond

The dismissal of God from philosophical consideration is a hallmark of "modern" philosophy. However the expulsion of God has led to the "creation" of a secular world whose disintegration is all too apparent. Until recently the irreligious assumptions that have governed modern thinking have been left unquestioned. In this major and comprehensive new book the atheistic presuppositions of modernity are laid bare and disputed by a revitalised theology that no longer needs to be apologetic.

Post-secular Philosophy examines fifteen thinkers who have constitued and shaped contemporary western philosophy. By placing the problem of God in its historical and philosophical context, these essays chart the origin of secular modernity and show how other possibilities are now conceivable.

Those discussed are:
Descartes Kant Hegel 
Keirkegarrd Nietzche Neidegger
Levinas Marion Wittgenstien 
Derrida Freud Lacan 
Kristeva Irigary Baudrillard 
A comprehensive and fascinating introduction by Philip Blond places the debate in context, arguing that Christian faith must be considered a real alternative to the relativism and nihilism that dominates Western thinking. 


The contributors of the book are a fascinating bunch:

Extracts from Philip Blond's Introduction

We live in a time of failed conditions.  Everywhere people who have no faith in any possibility, either for themselves, each other, or the world, mouth locutions they do not understand. With words such as 'politics' they attempt to formalise the unformalisable and found secular cities on it... Since God is committed to presence, they assume that theology is no longer an option for serious minds...Since it approaches the visible univers as a subject approahced its object, the secular gaze objectifes the visible world into its ontic possession...

In truth all secular discourses, all the ontic claims made about reality and correct description, are not even wrong, they are just weak.  Reality is real, but if configured only within the secular or pagan rubric it is reality at its lowest power... In John we find Christ saying...unless a man is born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God.. And the glory is that man is born from above, his possibility stems from the fact that he is born from the highest actuality and it is this and our participatn in it that alone allows human beings to transfigure themselves and their world.
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