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Michael C. Rea

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198866800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198866800.001.0001

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Theology without Idolatry or Violence

Theology without Idolatry or Violence

(p.36) 2 Theology without Idolatry or Violence
Essays in Analytic Theology

Michael C. Rea

Oxford University Press

In Theology without Metaphysics, Kevin Hector offers a broadly Wittgensteinian theory about the nature and deployment of human concepts and predicates with the goal of showing how both can be applied to God in a non-metaphysical way. In this way, he hopes to show that cataphatic theology is not inherently metaphysical, and that one can therefore engage in it without falling into idolatry or violence. After brief clarification of the ‘idolatry’ and ‘violence’ objections against metaphysics, followed by an explanation of the way in which Hector’s proposal is supposed to provide a non-metaphysical way of doing substantive, cataphatic theology, this chapter identifies five difficulties that beset Hector’s view.

Keywords:   Kevin Hector, Jean Luc Marion, John Caputo, metaphysics, concept of God, idolatry, Emmanuel Levinas

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