This title presents a clear and concise introduction to Gilles Deleuze's complex relationship with the various fields of theology. Deleuze's relationship with theology is a complex one. Indeed, there seem to be many possible objections to such an 'assemblage' taking place. In the first book of its kind to engage with this seemingly problematic dialogue, Kristien Justaert shows the ways in which Deleuze's thought can in fact advance issues in political and feminist theology in particular, while also exploring the important theological and spiritual aspirations contained in Deleuze's philosophy itself, as part of his lifelong quest for the 'Absolute'. Justaert examines the theological components in Deleuze's writings, examining the influence of such modern thinkers as Spinoza and Leibniz and showing that the concepts of univocity, expression and creativity give Deleuze's metaphysics a distinctly theological character.The book goes on to connect Deleuze with established theologies, identifying areas in which Deleuze can contribute to the dynamics of contemporary theology, and argues that aspects of Deleuze's philosophy can enable theology to become more meaningful in a globalised world. This is the ideal introduction to Deleuzian theologies, and Deleuze's own theology, for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students. "The Deleuze Encounters" series provides students in philosophy and related subjects with concise and accessible introductions to the application of Deleuze's work in key areas of study. Each book demonstrates how Deleuze's ideas and concepts can enhance present work in a particular field.
Theology After Deleuze by Kristien Justaert was published by Continuum in June 2012. The ISBN for Theology After Deleuze is 9781441191830.