God in Post-Christianity

An Elemental Philosophical Theology

Expected to ship: 2024-11-01

Argues for a new elemental and sensory experience of God.


God in Post-Christianity combines Eastern and Western influences into a dazzling survey of the contemporary theological landscape. Reading "the age of the Spirit" as "the age of the Breath," the book argues for a material, elemental, and sensory theology of God following the death of the ontotheological God of metaphysics. Drawing inspiration equally from Irigaray and Feuerbach, it offers a vision of God that is both feminist and humanist, a divine becoming for humanity, a sacred alliance with Nature. By presenting and analyzing the modern philosophies of Hegel, Schelling, and Merleau-Ponty, as well as such contemporary figures as John Caputo and Catherine Keller, and by drawing on unexpected, forgotten, or neglected sources such as Vedic poetry and American Mormonism and figures such as Averroes and Amalric of Bène, the book makes an original argument about God that resonates with currents in new materialism, comparative theology, and affect theory. Both speculative and mythopoetic, it is intended to forge a way forward for humanity to achieve the intersubjective and interreligious peace we all crave and deserve.

Lenart Škof is Head of the Institute for Philosophical and Religious Studies at the Science and Research Centre Koper and Dean of Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, both in Slovenia. His previous books include Antigone's Sisters: On the Matrix of Love and Atmospheres of Breathing (coedited with Petri Berndtson), both published by SUNY Press.


"The 'new elemental philosophical theology' being proposed in this highly inventive and evocative work is very timely. I was deeply moved and found myself, in the end, more or less transformed by the conclusions reached. I think it perfectly suited as a guide for the times in which we strive to find a future for theological discourse of any kind." — Colby Dickinson, Loyola University Chicago

"This is a bold and entirely original work of contemporary philosophical theology. Synthetic, creative, and compelling, it will be of great interest to anyone interested in contemporary theology, and, more broadly, those interested in considerations of contemporary science and religion, new materialisms, and comparative theology." — Jeffrey W. Robbins, Lebanon Valley College