Theology and New Materialism

Spaces of Faithful Dissent

  • John Reader

Part of the Radical Theologies and Philosophies book series (RADT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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    Pages 17-39
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    Pages 41-66
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    Pages 67-96
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    Pages 97-119
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    Pages 121-141
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 155-162

About this book


This book argues that identified weaknesses in recent theological engagement with New Materialism can be successfully addressed by incorporating insights from Relational Christian Realism. Central themes are those of the relational and the apophatic as they represent different but essential strands of a materialist theology. The relational refers to the work of Deleuze and its influence upon key New Materialist thinkers such as De Landa, Bryant, and Braidotti but supplemented from Relational Christian Realism by Latour and Badiou and with reference to the concept of the apophatic as found in Keller and Kearney. Examining the concepts of transcendence, human agency, and a New Enlightenment, the book moves into more practical areas of aesthetics and technology concluding with a response to the contemporary apocalyptic of climate change. Being “beyond in the midst” requires developing spaces of faithful dissent and holding the tension between the relational and the apophatic in theology.<


Materialism Radical theology Christian Materialism Relational Christian Realism New Materialism Philosophy of religion faithful dissent faith commitment transcendence

Authors and affiliations

  • John Reader
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Chester OxfordshireUnited Kingdom

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