New Series Title: Who’s Afraid of Relativism? by James K. A. Smith

It’s been a long time since there has been any activity here on ChurchandPomo. Many apologies for that, but no excuses. I do hope to have a few things lined up for the future. At any rate, I’m excited to mention that there is a new book in the Church and Postmodern Culture Series that has just been released! Following up on his opening title in the series, James K. A.... Read More

Book Symposium: Futurity in Phenomenology–DeRoo Responds to Severson

The following is Neal DeRoo’s response to Eric Severson’s review of Futurity in Phenomenology: Promise and Method in Husserl, Derrida and Levinas. With this post we close our latest Book Symposium. We certainly hope you’ve enjoyed this enriching conversation. And we thank all the contributors, not only for their written words, but for the embodied witness their... Read More

Book Symposium: Futurity in Phenomenology: Severson’s Reflections on DeRoo

In the review below, Eric Severson takes up Neal DeRoo’s Futurity in Phenomenology: Promise and Method in Hussel, Levinas and Derrida in two respects. First, he addresses the book according to its philosophical pedigree–the work after all deals with a line of thinking in 20th century Continental thought and considers it’s consequences. Severson’s review will... Read More

Book Symposium: Futurity in Phenomenology – “Liturgy as Living the Promise,” DeRoo Responds to Gschwandtner

In the post below, Neal DeRoo responds to the Christina Gschwandtner’s profound reflection on his book Futurity in Phenomenology: Promise and Method in Husserl, Levinas and Derrida. Her post offered some very substantial thoughts on the connections between Neal’s work and the church community by focusing specifically on the topic of liturgy. Neal’s response is... Read More

Book Symposium: Futurity in Phenomenology – Christina Gschwandtner Reviews DeRoo

The following is a review from Christina Gschwandtner in our book Symposium on Neal DeRoo’s Futurity in Phenomenology: Promise and Method in Husserl, Levinas and Derrida. Christina M. Gschwandtner teaches Continental philosophy of religion at Fordham University. She is author of Reading Jean-Luc Marion: Exceeding Metaphysics (Indiana, 2007), Postmodern Apologetics? Arguments... Read More

Book Symposium: Futurity in Phenomenology – “The Politics of Epistempology,” DeRoo Responds to Simmons

Below is Neal DeRoo’s response to the first review of his book Futurity in Phenomenology in our Book Symposium by J. Aaron Simmons. Neal DeRoo is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA). In addition to writing Futurity in Phenomenology, he has co-edited several works in phenomenology and philosophy of religion, including Cross and Khora: Deconstruction... Read More

Book Symposium: Futurity in Phenomenology – “Why Epistemology Still Mattters,” J. Aaron Simmons

J. Aaron Simmons is a regular contributor to the Church and Postmodern Culture blog. He is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Furman University. He is the author of God and the Other: Ethics and Politics After the Theological Turn (Indiana UP, 2011); co-author of The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction (Bloomsbury, 2013); co-editor of Reexamining Deconstruction... Read More

Upcoming Book Symposium – DeRoo: Futuriity in Phenomenology

Next week we begin a new book discussion with some fantastic philosophers who are also wonderful gifts to the church.Their work in itself challenges the ecclesia in profound ways, but also draws from the deep wells of philosophical thinkers who themselves, may or may not drink from the water of life that Christ gives, yet still offer the church ways to reflect on its own life and... Read More

What’s So “New” About New Phenomenology?

In this short post, I aim to explain some of the basic ideas and arguments in the new book that I co-authored with Bruce Ellis Benson: The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction   Despite having been a descriptor used by Hermann Schmitz to describe a distinct approach to phenomenology (see Gesellschaft für Neue Phänomenologie), by “new phenomenology” we mean specifically... Read More

Book Symposium: Liturgy as a Way of Life (Benson’s Response to Marx)

As we close our Book Symposium on Bruce Ellis Benson’s Liturgy as a Way of Life, Bruce offers another provocative and excellent response to one of our reviewers, Nathaniel Marx. Commenting on highbrow culture, worldview seminars, tradition, and what might be called “petrified rituals” (my words, not his) in liturgy, Bruce reminds us of the value of engaging postmodern... Read More