Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

By Catherine Keller

The event of the most unlikely churns up in our epoch each time a collective dream turns to trauma: politically, sexually, economically, and with a definite ultimacy, ecologically. Out of an historical theological lineage, the determine of the cloud involves exhibit probability within the face of the very unlikely. An previous mystical nonknowing of God now hosts a present wisdom of uncertainty, of indeterminate and interdependent results, in all probability catastrophic. but the connectivity and collectivity of social hobbies, of the delicate, not going webs of an alternate proposal of life, hold materializing--a haunting wish, densely entangled, suggesting a extra convivial, relational world.

Catherine Keller brings technique, feminist, and ecopolitical theologies into transdisciplinary dialog with continental philosophy, the quantum entanglements of a "participatory universe," and the writings of Nicholas of Cusa, Walt Whitman, A. N. Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and Judith Butler, to enhance a "theopoetics of nonseparable difference." worldwide routine, own embroilments, spiritual variety, the inextricable family members of people and nonhumans--these phenomena, of their unsettling togetherness, are exceeding our skill to grasp and deal with. by way of staging a chain of encounters among the nonseparable and the nonknowable, Keller indicates what could be born from our cloudiest entanglement.

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