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The Good News of Postmodernism for the Church
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What Would Jesus Deconstruct
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Deconstruction is not destruction but rather a breaking down of the object in question so as to open it up to its own future and make it more loyal to itself. This is because in deconstructing, the undeconstructible is revealed, in this case, the eternal truth of God revealed in the gospel. In this book, Caputo describes why today's church is in need of deconstruction, deconstructs what he sees as some of the church's idols, and points toward implications for the life and ministry of the church. Caputo's lucid writing makes difficult concepts accessible, resulting in an appropriate text for undergraduate or graduate classes in philosophy, theology, and postmodern ministry. What Would Jesus Deconstruct? includes a foreword by Brian D. McLaren and is the second book in the Church and Postmodern Culture series.
What Would Jesus Deconstruct by John Caputo was published by Baker in November 2007 and is our 15729th best seller. The ISBN for What Would Jesus Deconstruct is 9780801031366.
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What Would Jesus Deconstruct?Helen Hancox, via The Good Book Stall
This was a fascinating and enjoyable book. John D Caputo's writing style was always engaging and the book was very easy to read for a philosophy book on a fairly complex subject. He looks at Charles Sheldon's book In His Steps, published in 1896, alongside works by Jacques Derrida on deconstruction, weaving these two together to get a handle on how Jesus might deconstruct the church – not demolishing it in a negative way but drawing out peace and righteousness and the kingdom of God from two millennia of post-Jesus church building. Caputo writes very much from his personal opinion and I enjoyed many of his amusing asides. He talks incisively about many of the failings of the religious Right, although also has things to say about the weakness and ineptness of the Left. I felt that the book was rather weighed down by its series preface/foreword/acknowledgements/introduction before it began, and that the real meat of the content didn't appear until fairly late on in the short book at chapter 5. That chapter was a brilliant read, however, deconstructing the church through the lens of the Sermon on the Mount, and was worth the price of the book alone. This is an excellent read for those interested in a different angle in the Postmodern debate and explains enough that those unfamiliar with deconstruction should understand it.
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Details for What Would Jesus Deconstruct
|Page last updated||18th August 2017|
|Author / Artist||John Caputo|
|Publisher||Baker (November 2007)|
|Number of Pages||160|