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Desire, Gift, and Recognition: Christology and Postmodern Philosophy [Paperback]

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Pages   379
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   Eerdmans Pub Co
ISBN  080286371X  
EAN  9780802863713  

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Examining the central content of both the Christian tradition and postmodern thought, Jan-Olav Henriksen explores how each deals with, interprets, and offers resources for living in today's world. Henriksen uses Jacques Derrida's categories of "desire," "gift," and "recognition" to interpret the Jesus story in terms of postmodern philosophy. He gives a clearly reasoned guide to why Christ and his message still have something to say to contemporary believers; and how theology must connect to everyday human experience.

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A major work in the philosophy of religion, this book interprets the Jesus story in terms of postmodern philosophy - particularly using Jacques Derrida's categories of "desire," "gift," and "recognition." Author Jan-Olav Henriksen also attempts to reformulate Christology without resorting to such metaphysical concepts as substance, transcendence, etc. While not denying traditional doctrines, Henriksen explicates the meaning of Jesus' life and death in ways that engage contemporary philosophy and challenge contemporary (academic) Christians to rethink the basics of their faith; and he outlines the possibility of a "post-metaphysical Christology." / Henriksens book is a clearly reasoned guide not only to the argument that Christology still has something to say to contemporary believers but also to ways in which theologians must learn to reconnect to everyday human experience.

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More About Jan-Olav Henriksen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jan-Olav Henriksen is professor of systematic theology and philosophy of religion at Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway. Among his other books are Life, Love, and Hope: God and Human Experience and Desire, Gift, and Recognition: Christology and Postmodern Philosophy.

Karl Olav Sandnes is professor of New Testament at Norwegian School of Theology. His other books include The Gospel 'According to Homer and Virgil' and The Challenge of Homer: School, Pagan Poets and Early Christianity.

Jan-Olav Henriksen currently resides in Oslo.

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New Angles on the Meaning of Jesus Christ.  Mar 17, 2010
This is a hard book but worth the effort for the theological insights that the Author brings to His study. Postmodern is a slippery term. It means so many different things to different people. Some would say thats exactly the effect of postmodern thinking is supposed to have. One aspect of postmodern thought that is appealing is that it can often be honest about the overly assured views of enlightenment modernism. 300 years on from the enlightenment, people are starting to see the negative side of the Modern World and its dead end views of ultimate meaning. That said, professor Hendricksen has written a great book on some different ways of understanding Jesus Christ. He remains broadly orthodox doctrinally, but He comes up with many unthought of ways of approaching the meaning of the Christian Faith, which is always to be focused on "Who Jesus Christ Was/Is?" One interesting point that I found greatly helpful was his words on the meaning of God in the prologue to John's Gospel. What is meant by God? And how the human Jesus can't be understood without reference to the word God. Thats in the first section of the book. Towards the end of the book is a section on Representation. On how Jesus Christ represents us to God, and God to us, so to speak. This book is not easy reading. But like many good Theologians, He makes difficult ideas fairly understandable to average interested Christian laymen. I am in the process of reading the book through for the second time. Its one of thesd

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