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Bible, Theology, and Postmodernity Group and Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group

Call for Papers: 

Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire: A Discussion of Carl Hughes' Book on Rhetoric and Performance in a Theology of Eros

We are hosting a pre-arranged panel discussion on Carl Hughes' Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire (Fordham University Press, 2014). In this book, Hughes argues that for Kierkegaard, theology is desire, and that Kierkegaard uses rhetorical language and a sense of place and performance to "stage" desire for God, particularly in discourses in which the Christian liturgy is central. In doing so, Hughes' study raises questions about the meaning of said desire and its object for Kierkegaard, and about the significance that Kierkegaard places upon the dramatic or theatrical in communicating desire for God. Hughes' study, however, also has implications for the constructive theologian and religious thinker today, who might easily ask what it means to desire God against the backdrop of modernity and postmodernity; why the Bible is significant for articulating such desire; and what it means to perform that desire in a modern and postmodern context in which the ones doing the desiring or affected by the desiring are not homogeneous.

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