Book Reviews / Journal of Reformed Theology 4 (2010) 145-168 149 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156973110X523575 Frederiek Depoortere, Christ in Postmodern Philosophy , T&T Clark, London 2008, 159 pp., £16.99 (ISBN 9780567033321). Depoortere, who is a Research Fellow in Theology at Leuven, is to be congratulated on a concise and clear introduction to the thought of three important contemporary thinkers, Vattimo, Girard and Źiźek. All three assert the importance of Christ for contemporary political and social thinking in related but also signiﬁcantly diﬀerent ways. Vattimo’s return to a form of Christian belief has become progressively clearer from 1996 onwards. Inter- preting Heidegger as a rejection of all forms of ontology, he ﬁnds the correct interpretation of the Christian gospel in an increasing kenosis of God that culminates in the incarnation, with love substituting for the inherent violence and manipulation that characterises all metaphysics. Depoortere suggests that the death of God theology of Thomas Altizer is the most obvious point of comparison, but Vattimo’s introduction here is really to act as a foil to the more complex reﬂections of Girard and Źiźek. Girard’s public commitment to Christianity ﬁrst appeared much earlier in his 1978 work Things
Journal of Reformed Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
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