This collection brings together a diversity of scholars working at the historical and thematic intersections of Christianity and critical theory. In spite of the long historical interrelationship of biblical hermeneutics and literary criticism, much 20th century critical theory has underestimated the potential contributions of theology to theory. In the past two decades, however, several scholars have demonstrated that critical theory and Christianity can relate productively to one another. This highlights the innovative perspectives that emerge when they do relate. Drawing from recent discourses in theology as well as diverse hermeneutic and critical traditions, the scholars writing here examine major themes in contemporary critical theory such as: critical ethics, the end of materialism, women and the body, the construction of the self and queer theory. Approachable enough for upper-level and graduate students, inventive enough for scholars.
‘Essential reading for scholars of contemporary culture, theory and religion.’
– Luke Ferretter, Assistant Professor of English, Baylor University, USA
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