Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Stillborn God

I've recently started to read Mark Lilla's The Stillborn God and have come across a review by Jamie Smith over at the Immanent Frame blog. While I'm only 50 pages into the book, Jamie's review has ruined the book for me. I was enjoying Lilla's engagement with 'political theology' (at the very least he takes it seriously) and was looking forward to his engagement with Barth and Rosenzweig (I cheated and looked in the index). I was excited to see someone, outside the theological academy, engaging Barth and German theology in general.

But a perfect world this ain't: apparently, Lilla lays the blame for Nazism upon the shoulders of Barth's political theology!! Well, since I haven't read this far into the book, I will withhold judgement. Needless to say, if this is the charge, I'm anxious to see just how he gets there!

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