Book Review: Nietzsche and Theology - Nietzschean Thought in Christological Anthropology by David Deanecategories: Books, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, theology
A Truly Postmodern, Truly Orthodox ChristologyThis book uses postmodern resources (the Nietzschean tradition, Derrida, Foucault etc.) in order to re-assert the potency of traditional Christian anthropology. For many years the Christian account of sin was unbelievable. It was completely out of touch with modern, enlightenment models of humanity. Since the Enlightenment humans have been considered to be perfectly reasoning beings, essentially good or capable of being good, who can reason their way to the truth. Deane argues that this model of the self is under attack by both people like Richard Dawkins, who shows that the mind is the sum total of biological drives which shape how "reasoning" functions (Meme theory) and by relativists like Derrida.
He then proceeds to show how Christian anthropology has always agreed with such thinkers, but considered this situation to be indicative of Original Sin and in need of perfection through God's Grace. And so with some very learned and brilliant analysis Deane shows how the contemporary context, once again, allows a proper articulation of the Christian account of the self, and, more importantly, how this self can be shaped towards peace.
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