John D. Caputo has recently proposed a “weak theology.” This theology is said to focus less on rigid dogmatic formulas of traditional religion, and more on ethical themes such as hospitality and openness to the stranger. Caputo’s work has gathered a significant number of followers in the United States, where he is one of the main theologians today.
Event and Religion proposes to evaluate this new form of religion from out of the various religious and theological backgrounds from Europe’s main countries. Is only a rather secular mindset able to welcome Caputo’s thinking, or does it sit well with a more traditional stance toward religion? The aim of this volume is to gather Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox voices around Caputo’s work to evaluate the match with the European context.
We are seeking an Eastern Orthodox scholar who engages critically with Caputo’s work in a European context. How does Caputo’s weak theology blend (or not) with the Orthodox tradition? Or, more generally, has there been an Orthodox reception of Caputo’s theology at all? If not, why not? These questions would all make for a fine contribution in this volume, which seeks to portray contextual theologies (and philosophies) throughout Europe in their response to “radical theology.” Is such radical theology but a “secular translation” of theology proper? Or is it a new, valid, valuable path for theology to proceed in a largely secular West?
We would need an abstract of no more than 300 words by June 15, 2021. Prior knowledge of Caputo’s work is not necessary, but of course considered a plus. As we are in the advanced stages of signing a contract with a publisher, a swift response is required. The deadline for contributions of about 8000 words is likely to be Spring 2022.
Submit your abstract and/or address your questions to the editors of the volume at these addresses:
Dr. Joeri Schrijvers (North-West University Potchefstroom) – Schrijversjoeri@gmail.com
Dr. Martin Koci (University of Vienna) – firstname.lastname@example.org