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Polydox Reflections

ISBN: 978-1-118-80714-9
156 pages
August 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Polydox Reflections stages a critical dialogue concerning the ethical and theological viability of "polydoxy." A wide range of thinkers explore this theological trend in light of their own sense of the task of modern theology.  

  • Provides sympathetic and skeptical responses to Polydoxy - a trend in contemporary theology that emphasizes the multiplicity of creation, religious traditions, and divinity itself.
  • Introduces, expands, and refines the vibrant theological possibilities of polydoxy.
  • Offers theological visions that are both ontologically rigorous and politically engaged.
  • Includes essays by Virginia Burrus, Mark Jordan, Catherine Keller, Laurel Schneider and Graham Ward
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Table of Contents

Introducing Polydoxy (Mary-Jane Rubenstein)

1. History, Theology, Orthodoxy, Polydoxy (Virginia Burrus)

2. Tradition on Fire: Polydoxy, Orthodoxy, and Theological Epistemology (Shannon Craigo-Snell)

3. Polyhairesis: On Postmodern and Chinese Folds (Clayton Crockett)

4. The Logic of Origin and the Paradoxes of Language: A Theological Experiment (Linn Marie Tonstad)

5. Receiving the Gift (Graham Ward)

6. Writing-Terrors: A Dialectical Lyric (Mark D. Jordan)

7. “There is Hope for a Tree”: Lament and Hope in Conversation with Polydoxy (Wendy Farley)

8. Getting it Right (Laurel C. Schneider)

9. “Theology’s Multitude: Polydoxy Reviewed and Renewed” (Catherine Keller)


Notes on contributors

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Author Information

Mary-Jane Rubenstein is Associate Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University. Her research and teaching are focused in continental philosophy of religion, philosophy and history of science, and gender and sexuality studies. She is the author of Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe (2009) and Worlds without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse (2014).

Kathryn Tanner is Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. She is the author of Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology (1997) and Economy of Grace (2005), and Christ the Key (2010) among other books.

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