By Ronald T. Michener
''Engaging Deconstructive Theology'' offers an evangelical procedure for theological dialog with postmodern thinkers. subject matters are thought of from Derrida, Foucault, Mark C. Taylor, Rorty, and Cupitt, constructing discussion from an open-minded evangelical standpoint. Ron Michener attracts upon insights from radical postmodern inspiration and seeks to develop an apologetic method of the Christian religion that recognizes a mosaic of human resources together with adventure, literature, and the mind's eye.
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V. Miller (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977), p. 57. Habermas later gives credit to this idea as well: “Indeed it is precisely modernization research that has contributed to the currency of the expression ‘postmodern’ even among social scientists. ” Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, p. 3. 72 Mark C. Taylor, Deconstructing Theology (New York: Crossroad, 1982), p. xvii. Taylor also claims: “Although Kierkegaard is notably (and probably significantly) absent from the list of authors Derrida examines, Kierkegaard’s ghost haunts the project of Deconstruction and indirectly informs much of its discourse,” Deconstructing Theology, p.
58–9; Antoine Vergote, Modernité et Christianisme: Interrogations critiques réciproques (Paris: Les Editions du Cerf, 1999), pp. 39–40; and Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Is There a Meaning in This Text? (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998), pp. 38–9. Vanhoozer compares Bacon’s iconoclastic thinking (and considers it precursory) to that of Derrida in its eschewing of generalities for that of particulars (p. 39). 3 Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, Great Books of the Western World, ed. Robert Maynard Hutchins, 54 vols, vol.
4, 43. F. Hegel, The Philosophy of Right, Great Books of the Western World, ed. Robert Maynard Hutchins, 54 vols, vol. , 1952), p. 7. For further commentary on this passage see Henry, “God in Postmodernity,” pp. 6–7. ”71 Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) Although Kierkegaard is often considered “the father” of Christian existentialism, he also profoundly influenced postmodern deconstructive tendencies, including a strong influence on post-modern a/theologian Mark C. Taylor. 73 The Hegelian link between human spiritual advancement and his notion of Absolute Spirit and its self-development through history was rejected by Kierkegaard in favor of the emphasis on the subjective, the individual.
Engaging Deconstructive Theology by Ronald T. Michener