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Redeeming AnthropologyA Theological Critique of a Modern Science$
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Khaled Furani

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198796435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198796435.001.0001

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Theology Revitalizing Anthropology

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Redeeming Anthropology

Khaled Furani

Oxford University Press

Reviewing the ways this book examines anthropology’s fraught and contradictory relationship with theology and the potential the latter offers for revitalizing the former, this chapter extends this book’s exercise of critique. Examining anthropology’s fealty to secular sovereign reason, and by extension the sovereign state, it questions the discipline’s fear of revelation. Should anthropology reintegrate revelation, not only within its catalogue of topics for examination, but with its very own reason, it could attune to reason’s fragility, acquire an alertness to integrative capacities disavowed by the modern university, and more fully consider infinite multiplicity. In reconstructing paths back to “Athens” and “Jerusalem,” as well as beyond, we could wonder not only, “what is different?” but also “what is?”

Keywords:   anthropology, theology, modern university, reason, revelation, fragility, sovereignty, critique

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