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The Art of Anatheism

Edited by Richard Kearney and Matthew Clemente

Part of the series Reframing Continental Philosophy of Religion

Publication Date: Dec 2017

Pages 314

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Theopoetics names the notion that the divine (theos) manifests itself as creative making (poiesis). Anatheism expresses the attendant claim that this making takes the form of a second creation – re-creation or creation again (ana) – where humanity and divinity collaborate in the coming of the Kingdom. The Art of Anatheism brings together philosophers, theologians, and artists to open up the question of the relationship between artistic creation and the divine.

The book asks the question – how can God happen again after the death of God? It answers it by proposing an ‘art of anatheism’ which attends to the recreation and return of the divine through certain forms of literature, painting, liturgy, music, and performance. Engaging students, scholars, and interested readers across a wide range of disciplines – philosophy, theology, aesthetics, literary criticism, poetics – the volume includes contributions from both practising artists and professional academics. As such it brings together examples from ancient religious wisdom traditions and cutting-edge contemporary cultural practices to suggest that the sacred is often most potent and persuasive when recreating the everyday world of our secular experience.
Introduction, Richard Kearney and Matthew Clemente / PART I: ANATHEISM AND THEOPOETICS / 1. God Making: Theopoetics and Anatheism, Richard Kearney / 2. Theopoetics: A Becoming History, Catherine Keller / 3. Theology, Poetry, and Theopoetics, John Caputo / 4. Cracked: The Black Theology of Anatheism, John Panteleimon Manoussakis / PART II: PAINTING ANATHEISM / 5. Anatheism and Judeo-Christian Art, Mark Patrick Hederman / 6. Paradise Gardens and the Anatheism of Art, Sheila Gallagher / 7. The Everyday Art of Theopoiesis: Good-for-Nothing Slaves, Alexandra Breukink / 8. One Hand Clapping: Anatheism and Contemporary Buddhist Art, Kate Lawson / 9. The Annunciate and the Self-Deconstruction of Mon-a-theism, Jean-Luc Nancy / PART III: PERFORMING ANATHEISM / 10. Sacred Songsters: Anatheist Themes in Dylan, Beatles, Cohen, and U2, Murray Littlejohn / 11. More Fully to the Risk: Hip-Hop as Anatheistic Resistance, Callid Keefe-Perry / 12. Performing Anatheism in Syriac Liturgical Poetry, Christina M. Gschwandtner / 13. American Anatheism: the Art of Narrative Healing, Maxwell Pingeon / 14. Materiality and the Sacred in Anatheism, Daniel Bradley / PART IV: SCREENING ANATHEISM / 15. The God of the Lost Ones: Anatheism in Three Contemporary Films, Stephanie Rumpza / 16. After God: Screening the Passion as Ana-Liturgy, Mirella Klomp and Danie Veldsman / 17. The Still Born God, Again, Chris Doude van Troostwijk / PART V: WRITING ANATHEISM / 18. Marilynne Robinson and Anatheism, Andrew Cunning / 19. Anatheism and a New Apocalyptic Poetics, Thomas Altizer / 20. Anatheism for One, Fanny Howe / Notes on Contributors / Bibliography
We have known anatheism as a concept; now comes anatheism as the site of a debate. We measure the genius of an author or an idea, said Kant, by its capacity to “found a school.” The Art of Anatheism, convoking the greatest authors of the Continental (Jean-Luc Nancy) and Anglo-Saxon (John Caputo) traditions, here proves that anatheism, invented by Richard Kearney, is not an obscure idea. Anatheism becomes for today a new way of thinking transcendence in order to not reduce it to silence. Not confronting it would be to flee the challenges posed by our contemporary world.
Emmanuel Falque, Professor of Philosophy, Catholic Institute of Paris
What have the muses to do with theology? This collection of vibrant and sensitive essays attends to tremors of the divine in literature and the arts. The space of theopoetic meditation thus opened challenges theology at its base, summoning it to embrace a larger and more richly human outlook.
Joseph S. O'Leary, Sophia University and Surugadai University
The anatheist “return to God after God” takes on new dimensions in this remarkable collection, exploring how the divine (theos) manifests itself in the sacred activity of making (poiesis), and how making helps us to retrieve and re-experience the originary experiences of the call of the other and the risk of hospitality after the “death of God.” The essays—by artists as well as philosophers and theologians—sparkle with insight on how we might experience “God after God” in our concrete, lived existence.
Brian Treanor, Charles S. Casassa Chair and Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University
Matthew Clemente is a teaching fellow in philosophy at Boston College. He is co-editor, with C.H. Doude van Troostwijk, of Richard Kearney’s Anatheistic Wager: Philosophy, Theology, Poetic (2017).

Richard Kearney is Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College. His many publications include Anatheism: Returning to God after God (2010), Debates in Continental Philosophy: Conversations with Contemporary Thinkers (2004), On Paul Ricoeur: The Owl of Minerva (2005) and Navigations: Collected Irish Essays 1976-2006 (2007).

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