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Interpreting God and the Postmodern Self
On Meaning, Manipulation and Promise
POD; Published: 12/6/1995
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4128-5
Price: $ 25.50
191 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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Professor Thiselton compares and assesses modern and postmodern interpretations of the self and society on their own terms and in relation to Christian theology. He explores especially claims that appeals to truth constitute no more than disguised bids for power and self-affirmation whether in society or in religion.

Postmodern interpretations perceive the self as trapped within a network of role- performances imposed on it by the power-interests of others. Professor Thiselton accepts the force of this, but argues for a deeper understanding of the self and its destiny. He draws on a Trinitarian theology of promise to trace how 'love without strings' can replace manipulation and reconstitute the self. But this hope is no mere illusory anodyne, like Marx's "opium," Nietzsche's "servile mediocrity," or Foucault's "docility." The author closely addresses the anti-theist arguments from Nietzsche to Cupitt on their own ground, but offers a wider vision of reality and of God.
David Ford
—Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
"Professor Thiselton wrestles with some of the deepest issues in contemporary culture. He engages with key thinkers in philosophy, hermeneutics and theology, and faces the big questions of language and rhetoric, power and manipulation, self and society, God and religion. He succeeds in portraying a 'self' that is decisively defined neither by the dilemmas of modernity nor by various kinds of postmodernity. There is an effective critique of Cupitt and the 'Sea of Faith' movement and also a constructive rethinking of faith, hope, love in relation to Jesus Christ and the Trinitarian God."
Professor J�rgen Moltmann
—University of T�bingen
"An enormously rich and constructive wrk. Anthony Thiselton leads theology convincingly into the 'postmodern' age."
Professor Nicholas Wolterstorff
—Yale University
". . . a probing and lucid account of the postmodern understanding of the self, and a most perceptive critique . . . in the light of biblical understanding of God and the self . . . Thiselton's discussion of this topic has no peers."
Professor Richard J. Mouw
—Fuller Theological Seminary
"This is a much needed book that significantly advances the theological and philosophical discussion of postmodernity . . . No one has done a better job of showing how the biblical vision of reality speaks to the deepest yearnings of the postmodern self."