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Postmodern Apologetics?Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy$
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Christina M. Gschwandtner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242740

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242740.001.0001

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Richard Kearney: Postmodern Charity

Richard Kearney: Postmodern Charity

(p.265) 13 Richard Kearney: Postmodern Charity
Postmodern Apologetics?

Christina M. Gschwandtner

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Finally, Chapter 13 engages the work of Richard Kearney and asserts that it is best understood as a kind of postmodern charity. Kearney’s deeply hermeneutic work seeks to articulate a God of possibility and promise who is incarnated in our care for the poor and marginalized. The themes of hospitality and welcome to the stranger are central to Kearney’s work. The chapter sets forth his proposal for a God of “loving possibility” and his micro-eschatological “anatheistic retrieval,” which makes possible thinking God “after God” and in the “littlest things” of mundane reality. The book concludes by considering the similarities and parallels between these various projects and wondering what this may mean for speaking of the divine and religious experience today.

Keywords:   Kearney, micro-eschatology, anatheism, fourth reduction, possibility, charity

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