VOL. 18 NO. 2 (SPRING 2019)




Included in this special edition are essays and articles derived from presentations at the conference “Speaking (Or Not Speaking) of God”, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, October 2017.  The conference was co-sponsored by the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver.


Author Bios


Speaking (Or Not Speaking) of God


How to Avoid the God Who Chooses: Denials

Michael Oliver, University of Oxford


Plundering a Theory of Trauma

Roger Green, Metropolitan State University


God’s Absence as Textual Presence: The Radical (Literary) Theology of Northrop Frye

Daniel Fishley, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto


If the Qur’an is God’s Speech, How Does God Speak?

Divine Speaking in Contemporary Muslim Discourse

Andrea Stanton, University of Denver


Kenosis, Emancipation, Pastness: Reflections from a Jew

Sarah Pessin, University of Denver


Divine Absence as Divine Presence

Joshua Giardino


Spring in Italy: Anna Karenina and the God Who May Be

Emily McAvan, Monash University


Speaking God’s Presence and Absence as Non-Contrastive Transcendent Distinction

Joyce Ann Konigsburg


Additional Articles


Lutheran Theology and Postmodern Philosophy

Olli-Pekka Vaino


John the Possibilizer:

The Promise of a Kearnian Baptismal Hermeneutic

Eric Trozzo, Sabah Theological Seminary


Religious Studies and Comparative Theology:

An Appraisal

Joshua Samuel, Union Theological Seminary


Admitting a Certain Fear of Žižek’s Theology:

A Modest Plea for a Deleuzean Reading of the Death of God

Elijah Prewitt-Davis, Drew University


Mischief, Idolatry, and the Demonic:

Toward a Hermeneutic of Play

Kevin Lewis, University of South Carolina


From Christology to Political Theology

Cyril Hovorun, Loyola Marymount University


Beyond Religious Ideas:

The Legacy of Max Weber in Critical Theory and Critical Religion

Joel Harrison, Northwestern University


New Religions in Brazil:

A Game Between Relativism and Fundamentalism

Silas Guerriero, Pontifical Catholic University


Prayer After the Death of God

Ashley Graham, Emory University


The Danger of Dealing with Derrida:

Revisiting the Caputo-Hägglund Debate

on the “Religious” Reading of Deconstruction

Neal DeRoo, The King’s University