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Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline (Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia)

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What does theology have to say about the place of eroticism in the salvific transformation of men and women, even of the cosmos itself? How, in turn, does eros infuse theological practice and transfigure doctrinal tropes? Avoiding the well-worn path of sexual moralizing while also departing decisively from Anders Nygren's influential insistence that Christian agape must have nothing to do with worldly eros, this book explores what is still largely uncharted territory in the realm of theological erotics. The ascetic, the mystical, the seductive, the ecstatic-these are the places where the divine and the erotic may be seen to converge and love and desire to commingle.Inviting and performing a mutual seduction of disciplines, the volume brings philosophers, historians, biblical scholars, and theologians into a spirited conversation that traverses the limits of conventional orthodoxies, whether doctrinal or disciplinary. It seeks new openings for the emergence of desire, love, and pleasure, while challenging common understandings of these terms. It engages risk at the point where the hope for salvation paradoxically endangers the safety of subjects-in particular, of theological subjects-by opening them to those transgressions of eros in which boundaries, once exceeded, become places of emerging possibility.The eighteen chapters, arranged in thematic clusters, move fluidly among and between premodern and postmodern textual traditions-from Plato to Emerson, Augustine to Kristeva, Mechthild to Mattoso, the Shulammite to Molly Bloom, the Zohar to the Da Vinci Code. In so doing, they link the sublime reaches of theory with the gritty realities of politics, the boundless transcendence of God with the poignant transience of materiality.

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Virginia Burrus is Professor of Early Church History at Drew University Theological School. Her books include Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline (Fordham; co-edited with Catherine Keller).

CATHERINE KELLER is Professor of Constructive Theology in the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University. She co-edited with Virginia Burrus the first volume of the Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia, Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline (Fordham), and co-edited with Laurel Kearns its second volume, Ecospirit: Philosophies and Religions for the Earth (Fordham). Previous books include Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming and On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823226368
Author:
Burrus, Virginia
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Editor:
Keller, Catherine
Author:
Keller, Catherine
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Theology
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - General
Subject:
Sexuality & Gender Studies
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Love -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Sexuality and Gender Studies
Subject:
Religion World-Sexuality and Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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