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On Religion


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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

The Love of God One

Religion is for Lovers

The Impossible

The Secret

What do I Love When I Love My God?

How the Secular World Became Post-Secular Two The Sacral Age Secularization Our Prophets: Kierkegaard and Nietzsche Desecularization: The Death of the Death of God Putting Religion in Its Place Three What is What? Why the Why? The Mystical Element in Life The Place of Religion Can There Be a Religion with Religion? Four Never Say "Only" a Symbol A God Before Whom We Can Sing and Dance Why is Religion So Violent? Five Impossible People Religious Violence Ban the Bible Ban the Unconditional Why Was Jesus Killed? The Hermeneutics of Love Cosmic Grace: World Without Why, Amen Six God is Dead-Or Maybe Not So Fast Cosmo-Theology Panentheism or the Divine Milieu Not Your Great-Grandfather's Newtonianism The Post-Humans: Immaculate Electronic Conceptions, Virginally Virtual Births, Copy and Paste Resurrections Becoming Divine: The Electronic Tree of Life Cosmic Grace: World Without Why, Amen On Religion - Without Religion Seven Religious Truth/True Religion The Tragic Sense of Life The Faith of a Post-Modern Axioms of a Religion Without Religion Adieu Index

About the Author

John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University, USA and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University, USA.


"Caputo's ability to distill Continental thought - making it both more potent and more easily imbibed - was already on full display in On Religion. This revised edition maintains all the depth and approachability of the first while increasing the breadth of concepts, influences, and applications covered. For anyone teaching or just interested in the (re)turn to religion, it is time to move On Religion from 'recommended' to 'required'."

- David Cerequas, Hunter College (CUNY), USA

"Many are the people who write uninterestingly and unintelligently about religion. Precious few do the opposite, and no one writes more brilliantly and delightfully on religion than John Caputo. From the first sentence of On Religion to the last, Caputo guides you into what is arguably life's most alluring (and insistent) exploration. On Religion is both incisive and playful, accessible and profound, snarky (in a philosophical way) and reverent. This new second edition preserves all that made the original edition so outstanding and adds new material that makes this book even more worth reading - whether you're an agnostic college student or an aging minister like me."

- Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration

"This second edition of John Caputo's classic text on religion is a most welcome event. It is a book full of bold wit, singular compassion and surprising grace. Vintage Caputo, inviting us to an impossible God beyond God before whom one can dance and sing."

- Richard Kearney, Boston College, USA

"On Religion, 2nd Edition entertains as it provokes, and it should not be missed by anyone concerned with religion in a postmodern condition."

- Eric Weislogel, Saint Joseph's University, USA, Reading Religion

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