Postsecularism – the Late Style? John D. Caputo’s Theology of the Event Cover Image
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Postsekularyzm – styl późny? Johna D. Caputo teologia wydarzenia
Postsecularism – the Late Style? John D. Caputo’s Theology of the Event

Author(s): Marta Zając
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article presents selected aspects of John D. Caputo’s theology of the event as an example of a certain “unsubstantiality”, i.e. decline of postsecularism and—in a broader sense— postmodernism. The author pays particular attention to the way in which Caputo presents the nature of the paradox as a manifestation of, on the one hand, the Deleuzian event, and, on the other hand, the Kingdom of God. Moreover, the author comments upon differentinterpretations of the biblical world seen as the kingdom of paradox, removed from eachother in time and the form of the argument, in order to refute the claim that the particularweakness of Caputo’s theory is nothing else but a daring rejection of classical theology.Thus, she alludes frequently to Gilbert K. Chesterton and Paul Ricoeur, and follows thetrail of references to the substance which gives abstractions concrete form. Chestertonreferred to the biblical world as glass-like, “made of glass”, while Ricoeur, pondering onthe nature of God’s existence in relation to the man, used the metaphor of a mountain pass,full of peaks and chasms, akin to the image of pulsing flames. Caputo, however, situatesthe same mystery at the very beginning and at the very end of his argument—the faintand phantasmal quasi-meaning, which cannot penetrate the language to enter the actualreality—the event.

  • Page Range: 92-102
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: Polish