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Dis-Enclosure The Deconstruction of Christianity

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ISBN-10: 0823228363

ISBN-13: 9780823228362

Edition: 3rd

Authors: Jean-Luc Nancy, Bettina Bergo, Gabriel Malenfant, Michael Smith

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This book is a profound and eagerly anticipated investigation into what is left of a monotheistic religious spiritnotably, a minimalist faith that is neither confessional nor credulous. Articulating this faith as works and as an objectless hope, Nancy deconstructs Christianity in search of the historical and reflective conditions that provided its initial energy. Working through Blanchot and Nietzsche, re-reading Heidegger and Derrida, Nancy turns to the Epistle of Saint James rather than those of Saint Paul, discerning in it the primitive essence of Christianity as hope. The religion that provided the exit from religion, as he terms Christianity, consists in the announcement of an end. It is the announcement that counts, however, rather than any finality. In this announcement there is a proximity to others and to what was once called parousia. But parousia is no longer presence; it is no longer the return of the Messiah. Rather, it is what is near us and does not cease to open and to close, a presence deferred yet imminent.In a demystified age where we are left with a vision of a self-enclosed worldin which humans are no longer mortals facing an immortal being, but entities whose lives are accompanied by the time of their own declineparousia stands as a question. Can we venture the risk of a decentered perspective, such that the meaning of the world can be found both inside and outside, within and without our so-immanent world?The deconstruction of Christianity that Nancy proposes is neither a game nor a strategy. It is an invitation to imagine a strange faith that enacts the inadequation of life to itself. Our lives overflow the self-contained boundaries of their biological and sociological interpretations. Out of this excess, wells up a fragile, overlooked meaning that is beyond both confessionalism and humanism.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Translators' Foreword
Atheism and Monotheism
A Deconstruction of Monotheism
The Judeo-Christian (on Faith)
A Faith That Is Nothing at All
An Experience at Heart
Verbum caro factum
The Name God in Blanchot
Blanchot's Resurrection
Consolation, Desolation
On a Divine Wink
An Exempting from Sense
"Prayer Demythified"
The Deconstruction of Christianity
Far from Substance: Whither and to What Point?