Anatheism has ratings and 17 reviews. Rex said: I am always hesitant to review books written for a conversation for which I lack basic accord. After. In Anatheism, Richard Kearney sets a path of returning to God “after God”. This is a road map for those who have moved intellectually away. So what is anatheism? Kearney describes it variously as a movement, a paradigm, an invitation, a wager, a drama; a position between, before.

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Jun 19, Pranada Comtois rated it liked it. Like much of our tradition I try never to leave anything behind, I never graduate.

Richard Kearney, Anatheism: Returning to God after God.

Mar 12, Sam added it Shelves: Return to Book Page. That God has been reduced into an offspring with mood swings, an object of scorn and analysis for scientists, something that is no longer safe from the merciless hands of history, it is helpless, now, having been over-described, and drained of its force.

I am embarrassed by your compliments. My little metaphor of a tourist is far less Christian and has different aims. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: A wonderful meditation on hospitality and otherness.

Email required Address never made public. It is not just spiritual, as in instinctive, it is an original preceding genesis.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This is a very solid project that uses philosophy, theology and hermeneutic phenomenology to open up an honest discussion between atheists and theists; and rethinking of how we understand God and the premodern religions and the future of secularism.


Though recognizing the shared linguistic roots of hospitality and hostility, along with discussions of “double-movements,” Kearney never discusses the role of violence within being hospitable.

But very many practicing Jews are ignorant about philosophy and, say, archaeology yet knowledgeable about a field such as science. Columbia University Press, Posted on August 26, by Alan Brill 14 Comments.

His model for this return is hospitality- a theme qnatheism Levinas, Derrida, and especially Ricoeur. Below are some excerpts. I said in effect Orthodoxy is one thing, but becoming a baal madreiga in ruchniyus through torah, when we are immersed in many conceptual schemes and languages is not very easy or likely.

We proceed as the ancients did, either pausing at or turning from daily thresholds.

Richard Kearney on anatheism

No new paradigm has become entrenched. In this new book, Kearney discusses kearnry people return to religion after modernity with a neologism of Anatheism. I believe this reveals itself most in that the tradition from which Kearney most heavily draws is the Christian Great insight into the future of Western spirituality.

Please kearey on the difference between the current situation and the past. And again, I can readily assent to his imperative in its most basic sense, that we suspend arrogant certitude and humbly allow reality to transform our concepts from the outside, or that we allow our faith to be renewed by deeper and deeper insight.

However, I find myself agreeing with his argument sanatheiwm I feel less alone in my own spiritual journey. Anatheism hovers at the threshold before knocking or entering.

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This could however be due to the lack of scholarship and free thought in Muslim theology in the West. Kearney is a specialist in the post-secular return to religion in Continental philosophy.

When you spend time on snatheism blogs, and many blog owners would award you a title as best commenter are you a tourist? Writing about I-Thou encounters, led Buber and others to write more such books.

Anatheism: Returning to God After God by Richard Kearney

Alan Brill August 31, at 4: Shlomo September 1, at 4: It is clear, accessible, and undoubtedly the product of much careful thought. If so, this book may be for you. Notify me of new comments via email.


The thematic core of Anatheism: Anatheism takes form after religious faith is understood to be lost-fully and completely. That to create a hospitable environment, one must commit a certain level of violence to provide security to the stranger who has been invited in.

So what is anatheism? We need to use all the science we can in order to find a way aantheism living in peace. Kearney concludes with a discussion of the role of theism and atheism in conflict and peace, confronting the distinction between sacramental and sacrificial belief or the God who gives life and the God who takes it away.