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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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With Stephen D. Moore

(p.119) Chapter 7 Derridapocalypse

Catherine Keller

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers the “gift” of the messianic coming by focusing on Jacques Derrida's views on apocalypse. Several decades ago, Derrida, in the course of a dual analysis of the Apocalypse and an antiapocalyptic essay by Immanuel Kant, argued that the former reveals “a transcendental condition of all discourse, of all experience even.” However, it seems that Derrida has succeeded in making a better case for that contention in his more recent work on faith. “In testimony, truth is promised beyond all proof,” Derrida contends near the end of his extended meditation on faith and knowledge. And again: “The act of faith demanded in bearing witness exceeds, through its structure, all intuition and all proof.” The chapter examines faith in the Derridean sense in relationship to the secret and suggests that a secret is evoked in the Apocalypse's opening words: “The unsealed secret of Jesus Messiah, God's gift to him.”

Keywords:   gift, coming, Jacques Derrida, apocalypse, faith, secret, Messiah

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