Tillich and the Abyss

Foundations, Feminism, and Theology of Praxis

Authors: Gudmarsdottir, Sigridur

  • Advances the study of the often overlooked theological theme of the abyss (drawing on postmodern thinking) 
  • Highlights and discusses Paul Tillich's use of the feminine and feminine metaphors, placing him in rich dialogue with modern feminist philosophers 
  • Pulls contemplative and mystical thinkers like Jakob Boehme and Meister Eckhart into conversation with feminist philosophers 
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About this book

This book examines Paul Tillich´s theological concept of the abyss by locating it within the context of current postmodern antifoundalist discussions and debates surrounding feminism, gender, and language. Sigridur Gudmarsdottir develops these tropes into a constructive theology, arguing that Tillich’s idea of the abyss can serve as a necessary means of deconstructing the binaries between the theoretical and the practical in producing nihilistic relativism and the safe foundations of knowledge (divine as well as human).

How does one search for a map and method through an abyss? In his writings, Tillich expressed the ambiguity and groundlessness of being, the depth structure of the human condition, and the reality of God as an abyss. The more we gaze into this abyss, the more we encounter the faults in our various foundations. This book outlines how Tillich’s concept of the abyss creates greater opportunities for complexity and liminality and opens up a space where life and death, destruction and construction, fecundity and horror, womb and tomb, can coincide. 

About the authors

Sigridur Gudmarsdottir holds a PhD in constructive theology. She teaches philosophy of religion at the University of Iceland and works as a rural dean in the Lutheran Church of Norway. She lives near the Polar circle and her research weaves together pastoral praxis and academic theory on the edge of the abyss.  

Reviews

“Gudmarsdottir's recovering of the metaphor of the abyss is a welcome expansion of our understanding of Tillich and of our theological imagination.” (Wendy Farley, San Francisco Theological Seminary, USA)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Natal and Nihilistic Theological Foundations

    Gudmarsdottir, Sigridur

    Pages 1-32

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  • Kataphatic Identity and Religious Symbolism

    Gudmarsdottir, Sigridur

    Pages 33-70

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  • Affective Bodies and Agape Desire

    Gudmarsdottir, Sigridur

    Pages 71-106

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  • Khoric Speculations and Maps of Difference

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    Pages 107-140

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  • Apophatic Silence and Displacements

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    Pages 141-171

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Hardcover 88,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tillich and the Abyss
Book Subtitle
Foundations, Feminism, and Theology of Praxis
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33654-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33654-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33653-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 193
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