The Insistence of God presents the provocative idea that God does not exist, God insists, while God's existence is a human responsibility, which may or may not happen. For John D. Caputo, God's existence is haunted by "perhaps," which does not signify indecisiveness but an openness to risk, to the unforeseeable. Perhaps constitutes a theology of what is to come and what we cannot see coming. Responding to current critics of continental philosophy, Caputo explores the materiality of perhaps and the promise of the world. He shows how perhaps can become a new theology of the gaps God opens.
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"John Caputo has done it again with his latest work of radical theology... a real tour de force... It is difficult to know which to admire more his great erudition or his remarkable courage." (Patrick Masterson, University College, Dublin-Patrick Masterson, University College, Dublin)
The one-star rating for performance is proffered in the hope that someone at Audible or at University Press might perhaps stumble across this review and be persuaded to revisit their choice of narrator.
The book itself is excellent, and Caputo's meditations on theology and hermeneutics deserve to be heard. They are stimulating, challenging, and invigorating, and will impel you to jump out of your chair and begin working feverishly like Martha to prepare for what is coming. His call for a new species of theologian is one that I hope will be heard, and time will tell if he is giving voice to the spirit, a voice crying in the wilderness "long live god", or if he is merely one more voice calling out for god in the wake of the death of god.
My only regret is that the publisher chose a narrator who not only sounds like a mechanical voice (which would be bad enough and not altogether without irony), but the mechanized manvoice all to often is mistaken in his pronunciation of key terms. Case in point, existential is pronounced "ezigstential", the name Kant is alternately pronounced like the word "Can't" or properly like "Kont". It seems clear that the narrator is unfamiliar with the content and is merely a hired hand converting words on the page to words we can hear.
For that, at least, I am grateful. Life no longer affords me the leisure to sit and read, and so I will gladly engage in the contest of listening to a non-specialist read a highly specialized book, since the book itself is worth the effort. Someday, perhaps, the publisher will find a better narrator. Until then, I can only affirm the coming of this book in its current form.
If you care about the subject matter, I believe you will do the same.
The Insistence of God will be difficult for listeners to appreciate unless they are familiar with Caputo already or well versed in Derridian deconstruction. Without that background, I don't think the presentation will work. The depth of understanding that the listener/reader brings will make this presentation an absolute joy or something seemly trite.
"Audio woes; good book"
Audio has problems. Repetitions and overlaps in the audio; and some sections are just not there.
Good book though.
I liked his non anthropocentric turn at the middle of the book, towards a Cosmo-poetics, which I deem as more insightful and even useful than his Theo-poetics.
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