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IntercarnationsExercises in Theological Possibility$
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Catherine Keller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276455

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276455.001.0001

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Tingles of Matter, Tangles of Theology: Bodies of the New(ish) Materialism

Tingles of Matter, Tangles of Theology: Bodies of the New(ish) Materialism

(p.60) Chapter 4 Tingles of Matter, Tangles of Theology: Bodies of the New(ish) Materialism

Catherine Keller

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers a bodily becoming neither human nor divine but entangled in both. In conversation with Karen Barad, quantum entanglement discloses the relational ontology—the “agential intra-activity”—of which every body in the universe is woven. The chapter demonstrates the proximity of Barad's to Alfred North Whitehead's responsive materiality. Here, intercarnation might have turned to intra-carnation. But then there might seem to be a single mega-body inside which all enfleshment takes place. The point, however, is that creatures, micro- or macro-, do not pre-exist their relationships. The chapter examines what kind of theology might materialize in conversation with the so-called new materialism and what sort of theology might already identify itself as a Christian materialism.

Keywords:   theology, Karen Barad, quantum entanglement, agential intra-activity, Alfred North Whitehead, intercarnation, intra-carnation, new materialism, Christian materialism

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