John Caputo's post-metaphysical theology of the event
Keywords:John Caputo, theology of the event, post-metaphysics, deconstruction, weakness of God
The paper reviews the primary aspects of theology of the event, developed by John Caputo, a key representative of modern continental philosophy of religion. His concept 'weakness of God' is of post-metaphysic nature and is underpinned by Jacques Derrida's deconstruction, Gianni Vattimo's 'weak thought' and Gilles Deleuze's logic of sense. Distinction drawn by the author between the event, as a pre-personal, transcendent sphere of possibilities and creative impulses, and the name which is unable to exhaust the wealth of the event and remains a mere conceptual approach to it, plays the key role in John Caputo's concept. Accordingly, Caputo perceives God as a special event, a 'weak force', a messianic call to love, justice and non-programmed future, which is devoid of any ontological status. Proceeding from this view, Caputo cardinally revises the classical Christian doctrines of God sovereignty, creation of the world and the atoning death of Christ.
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