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Title: Nietzsche and Theology
Author: Hovey, Craig
Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2008
Paperback; ISBN: 9780567031525
Volumes: 1; Pages: 176
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Over a century ago, Nietzsche famously declared the death of God, but this has hardly kept Christian theologians from making positive use of this "master of suspicion".
Nietzsche and Theology displays how his most generative and provocative ideas are also deeply theological and continue to teach Christians how to be Christians in the world in which they find themselves. Hovey highlights the constructive contributions that can emerge from receptively meeting Nietzsche as modernity's philosophical other. Unchained from resenting Nietzsche's "philosophical hammer", such encounters will surely reward those who journey into the far country of Nietzsche's Christianity. Nietzsche and Theology is ideally suited to students in theology and professional theologians who have a working knowledge of philosophy and philosophical theology, but who have not faced Nietzsche in theological debate or grappled with him as a specific resource.
The book examines Nietzsche's critiques of epistemology, culture, history, morality, and metaphysics for their importance not only in philosophical theology, but also in biblical and historical studies, theological ethics, and systematic theology. Hovey argues that Nietzsche's reception in theology continues to be of critical importance and explores new, constructive avenues for the use of Nietzsche in theology. If the death of God is not primarily a metaphysical assertion but a cultural diagnosis, modern secularization surely attests to Nietzsche's prescience, a quality that yields extraordinary promise when allowed to be heard.