I’m posting here notes on each the 26 essays comprising this book
2. Remarks made to Jean-Luc Marion regarding Revelation and Givenness
Again, this is rather unknown territory to me. I did read some Jean-Luc Marion, but decades ago as well. As well as Heidegger, often mentioned in this essay. This is a lot about how we understand metaphysics.
DBH tends to express himself with very bold and direct positions. I really disagree with his view of the nature of the gift, and how he applied it to God:
“A gift is a gift when, and only when, it is given with a hope and an expectation of return…
A gift given without a craving for recognition on the giver’s part is little more than violence against the recipient…
To give in this way is the most imperious and patrician of insults….
[it is] contaminated by demonic pride.”
3. What is Postmodern Theology?
This is more familiar territory.
DBH underlines “the things that… the standard ‘postmodern theologies’ of our time get wrong”.
“To [his] mind the entire project of constructing ‘postmetaphysical theology’ is preposterous, rather on the order of producing ‘postatmospheric air’”.
DBH is very engaged in interreligious dialogue. I understand then his boldness in asserting:
“To my mind, what we have come to think of as postmodern theology offers very little in the way of actual understanding across cultures; rather, it offers a way of reducing all cultures to a late modern Western narrative of the immanent rationality that starts from the assertion that there is no transcendent truth. There could scarcely be a greater impediment to intelligent and meaningful dialogue between religions.”
PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THESE NOTES
How would you understand postmodern theology?