Desire, Gift, and Recognition: Christology and Postmodern Philosophy
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Examining the central content of both the Christian tradition and postmodern thought, Jan-Olav Henriksen explores how each deals with, interprets, and offers resources for living in today's world. Henriksen uses Jacques Derrida's categories of "desire," "gift," and "recognition" to interpret the Jesus story in terms of postmodern philosophy. He gives a clearly reasoned guide to why Christ and his message still have something to say to contemporary believers; and how theology must connect to everyday human experience.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 080286371X
ISBN-13: 9780802863713

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Author Bio

Jan-Olav Henriksen is professor in systematic theology and philosophy of religion at the Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo and professor at Agder University. His many other books include Imago Dei: The Theological Construction of Human Identity and The Reconstruction of Religion.

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Today’s systematic theologians tend to develop insights through the frameworks of past philosophical positions and established church teaching, rather than filtering their thought through what is taking place in present postmodern philosophy of religion. In this book Jan-Olav Henriksen explores how phenomena discussed in recent postmodern philosophy — most notably desire, gift, and recognition — open up to issues relevant for understanding the work, ministry, passion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Desire, Gift, and Recognition examines both the central content of the Christian tradition — that is, the story of Jesus Christ, and how he can justifiably be thought to reveal God — and postmodern thought under the presupposition that both are ways of dealing with, interpreting, or offering resources for orientation in life and the world. Given this, the obvious implication is that Christ and the message of Christ cannot be thought of as irrelevant to each other. Therefore, Christology also cannot be truly experienced outside the realm of ordinary human life.

Henriksen offers a clearly reasoned guide to the reason Christology still has something to say to contemporary believers and how theologians must learn to reconnect to the everyday human experience.

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  1. Richard Woodhouse
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    January 23, 2010
    Richard Woodhouse
    This book is a thought provoking essay on Christology in today's postmodern west. I found his insights on Jesus Christ's encounter with Evil, Human evil to be specific, to be very helpful to me personally! Its not an easy read, but the author writes very well and makes difficult concepts understandable. Highly Recommended.
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