- Title Pages
- Epiphanies of the Everyday: Toward a Micro-Eschatology
- Toward a Fourth Reduction?
- Enabling God
- Maybe, Maybe Not: Richard Kearney and God
- Hermeneutics and the God of Promise
- Kearney's Wager
- Is the Possible Doing Justice to God?
- The God Who May Be and the God Who Was
- Christianity and Possibility
- Quis ergo Amo cum Deum Meum Amo?
- Divinity and Alterity
- On the God of the Possible
- Questions to and from a Tradition in Disarray
- Mystic Maybes
- The Maker Mind and Its Shade
- Divine Metaxology
- Theopoetics of the Possible
- Is God Diminished If We Abscond?
- Prosopon and Icon: Two Premodern Ways of Thinking God
- Desire of God: an Exchange
- Richard Kearney's Enthusiasm
- Hermeneutics of Revelation
- God: The Possible/Impossible
- Kearney's Endless Morning
- Reflecting God
- In Place of a Response
- Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series
- (p.208) Mystic Maybes
- After God
- Fordham University Press
This chapter discusses mystic maybes, looking closely at the works of Matthew Arnold and Richard Kearney. Matthew Arnold objected to the idea of flirting with mystic maybes and calling it religion. The discussion suggests that Arnold and Kearney share a common purpose: dissociating metaphysics and the Bible. In Literature and Dogma, Arnold shows that the right construction on the Bible involves a real experimental basis. In so doing, he thinks, people distance themselves from metaphysics. He follows that people do not have to base their faith on an unverifiable assumption to start with, followed by a string of other unverifiable assumptions of the like kind, such as the received theology necessitates. Over a century later, and responding to different pressures, Kearney proposes to explore and evaluate two rival ways of interpreting the divine — the eschatological and the ontotheological.
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