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 equally excellent. Jump into the comments below to interact with Neal. ———– Liturgy... 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 for God in Contemporary Philosophy (Fordham, 2012), and Degrees of Givennness: On Saturation in... Read More

St. Evagrius of Pontus and Redeeming Time in Postmodernity

The following is a guest post by Matthew Tan. Matthew is a Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy at Campion College Australia. Currently he is a Visiting Professor in Catholic Studies and a Research Fellow at the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago. Matthew is also the editor of the theological blog “the Divine Wedgie” ( His book Justice, Unity & the Hidden Christ: the Theopolitics of... 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 and continental thinkers for doing theology and practicing ministry. If you haven’t already... Read More

Book Symposium: Liturgy as a Way of Life (Nathaniel Marx)

In our final review of the Symposium of Bruce Ellis Benson’s Liturgy as a Way of Life, Nathaniel Marx approaches Benson’s book from a different angle, engaging him and his argument with a unique cultural phenomenon that seems at first glance far away from Benson’s topic. But Marx’s cultural exegesis proves just as good as Benson’s and brings this phenomenon easily into conversation with his work, showing as Benson would argue just how much every way... Read More

Book Symposium: Liturgy as a Way of Life (Linda Borecki)

This week’s review of Bruce Ellis Benson’s Liturgy as a Way of Life comes from Linda Borecki. ———– “Thus, the very being of life is improvisatory – by which I mean that it is a mixture of both structure and contingency, of regularity and unpredictability, of constraint and possibility. Further, if God is indeed still at work in the world, then God is likewise part of that improvisatory movement. Living in such a reality means that we take... Read More

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

Following up on Monday’s opening review of Bruce Ellis Benson’s Liturgy as a Way of Life by Ed Phillips, Bruce offers his response below. —————- First, I want to thank Ed Phillips for such a thoughtful response to my book. It’s always a pleasure to respond to reviewers who have interacted with one’s work at a serious level. I’m delighted to address his questions. In his first question, Ed brings up the snobbery of “Art and/or... Read More

Book Symposium: Review of Benson’s Liturgy as a Way of Life (Ed Phillips)

We begin our Book Symposium with a fantastic review by L. Edward Phillips. Ed’s engagement with Bruce raises a series of excellent practical and philosophical questions. His review will be of interest to academics, but especially reflective practitioners. You’ll find Ed’s bio below. ————— Over the course of history, Christianity has had a bumpy relationship with the arts.  For example, the catacombs of Rome contain ancient paintings... Read More

Upcoming: Book Symposium – Benson’s Liturgy as a Way of Life

Next week we begin a series of engagements with Bruce Ellis Benson’s terrific new book in the Church and Postmodern Culture Series, Liturgy as a Way of Life. Benson’s unique position as a philosopher and a musician come together in this creative volume to explore how our lives can be a living liturgical way of being, a mode of improvisation which draws on all that has been given in the created world by the One who has created us. Bringing us into conversation with... Read More

CFP: LEST IX: Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgies

Here’s a CFP that may be of interest to some of our readers. NOTE: the deadline for submission is coming soon!!! February 15. Apologies for the short notice. Conference Statement The liturgy is said to contain, transmit, and partake in the central mysteries of the Christian faith. It plays a crucial and indispensable role in mediating between people’s life-worlds and the Christ event. The well-known Latin expression lex orandi, lex credendi confirms the idea that there... Read More