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The Otherness that Is Only Difference: Theological Speculation for a Post-Traditional World

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This essay creates a dialogue between George Steiner, Jacques Derrida, and Mark C. Taylor that seeks to address the need for new theological perspectives in a world overcome by the absence of God. In claiming that the current crisis of religious identity that plagues the Western world is the product of the breakdown of theological traditions, the essay attempts to explore the potential of that breakdown as the source for a new type of theological speculation that seeks the ultimate source of authentic religious identity in an otherness that is only difference. The result is a type of "atheology" that seeks to ground theological speculation in a Wholly Other whose inexplicable call leads us past the concept of "God" and toward an unknowing that is the only source of true knowledge.

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