Radical Theologies and Philosophies

Exercises in New Creation from Paul to Kierkegaard

Authors: Dickinson, T. Wilson

  • Presents a radical theological reading of Paul's letter to the Corinthians
  • Focuses on social practice and spiritual exercises
  • Frames Philosophical theology in terms of the care of the self, city, and creation
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This book unfolds a vision for philosophical theology centered on the practices of the care of the self, the city, and creation. Rooted in Paul’s articulation of the wisdom of the cross, and in conversation with ecological, radical, and political theologies; continental philosophy; and political ecology, it addresses the challenge of injustice and ecological catastrophe. Part one reads 1 Corinthians as an exercise in reading and writing that shapes and changes relationships and capabilities. Part two follows this alternative path for theology through Derrida and Kierkegaard, and neglected trajectories in Origen, Augustine, and Luther. Along the way, reading and writing are explored as exercises that transform selves, communities, and even habitats. They are creaturely acts that can scandalize the dominant orders of consumption and competition for the ends of love and justice. This is a philosophical theology engaged with political ecology, exercises that help cultivate new creation.


About the authors

T. Wilson Dickinson teaches theology and is Director of the Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education Programs at Lexington Theological Seminary, USA.

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“In this provocative book, Dickinson emerges as a fresh new voice in the field of philosophical theology. Exercises in New Creation recovers the heart of Paul’s practice of wisdom in Corinthians and follows this practice forward through Augustine, Luther, Kierkegaard, and Derrida.  Here philosophical theology becomes political theology in its opposition to current injustice, and most importantly political ecology in its envisioning of a new ethic of care with and for the planet.” (Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas and Global Center for Advanced Studies, USA)
“Care for self, city, earth—as the prophetic work of the new creation?  Even in Paul, Augustine, and Kierkegaard, whose variously urbane genius has almost never been recognized as ecological?  With his wondrously fresh readings, Dickinson lures philosophical theology into a practice of radical wisdom. He leads us where we might, really might, yet go, in a joyful, disarming dance of ecosocial justice.” (Catherine Keller, George T. Cobb Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University, USA)

“Exercises in New Creation meditates Paul’s logos of the Cross as a call for the renewal of this world, where a cosmic Christ is the focal point of practices of care for the self, the soil and the city. Dickinson is a welcome new theological voice, astute and inspiring, calling for collective transformational practices, engaging head on the rising global peril and the neoliberal greed driving it.” (John D. Caputo, Thomas J. Watson Professor Emeritus of Religion, Syracuse University, and David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Villanova University, USA)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Care of the Self, the City, and Creation

    Dickinson, T. Wilson

    Pages 1-26

  • Reading Paul in Radical, Late Ancient, and Prophetic Perspective

    Dickinson, T. Wilson

    Pages 29-43

  • Wisdom: Paul’s Exercises of Care for a Commercialized Corinth

    Dickinson, T. Wilson

    Pages 45-68

  • The Cross: The Slow Violence of Gentlemen and the Wisdom of Self-Giving Love

    Dickinson, T. Wilson

    Pages 69-94

  • Exercises: Paul’s Practices of Reading and Writing for Social Transformation

    Dickinson, T. Wilson

    Pages 95-112

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exercises in New Creation from Paul to Kierkegaard
Authors
Series Title
Radical Theologies and Philosophies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97843-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97843-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97842-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 276
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