Posts Tagged ‘philosophy of religion’

March 9th, 2017

The End of Theology

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The End of TheologyThere is an important ambiguity that attends the philosophical use of the term “end.” On the one hand, it can mean the termination of something (terminus). On the other hand, it can also mean the aim, goal, orientation, or purpose of something (telos). Whereas the terminus names the point of cessation for something, the telos, to some degree, names its projected essence.

With this conceptual background in mind, when I received the invitation to review the new edited volume by Jason S. Sexton and Paul Weston entitled The End of Theology, I fully expected that it would play on this ambiguity occurring in the term “end.” Indeed, the subtitle seems to anticipate this very dynamism: “Shaping Theology for the Sake of Mission.” Surely, I thought, the point of the text would be to show that theology as currently practiced needs to come to some sort of “end” (terminus) in order to return to its appropriate missional “end” (telos). However, I was surprised to discover throughout the volume that really the only notion of “end” in play was in the sense of telos.

This book is important in a lot of ways, but it is most important for highlighting what is needed in order for the book to be even better. When we confront the “ends” of theology, we should run up against the “ends” of ourselves.

May 31st, 2012

Conference: Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion

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From Thursday, June 14th, to Sunday, June 17th, the Philosophy Department at Ryerson University will host Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion, featuring speakers John Caputo, Bettina Bergo, Morny Joy, Nikolas Kompridis, Ron Kuipers, and Robert Sinnerbrink.

February 12th, 2012

John Hick (1922 – 2012)

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An influential thinker in the areas of Christology, eschatology, and the problem of evil, Hick will likely best be remembered for his “pluralistic hypothesis.”

October 25th, 2011

CFP: Speculation, philosophy, and the end of religion

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call for papers for a conference on “Thinking the Absolute” at Liverpool Hope University in the UK, June 29–July 1, 2012, co-sponsored by the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion.

January 6th, 2011

Adieu to philosophy of religion?

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Julia Galef reports for Religion Dispatches on philosopher Keith Parsons’s decision to quit doing philosophy of religion. In September, Parsons, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, had announced on the The Secular Outpost.