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5.0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to Baudrillard for our Present Political and Religious Situation, 2 Nov 2012
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In recent years, publisher T&T Clark has been publishing a practical series of introductions to contemporary philosophers and their significance for theology. So far, this series has seen the publication of volumes on G. Agamben, S. Zizek, J. Habermas, G. Deleuze and P. Ricoeur, to name but a few. This volume on the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, who died in 2007, is a positive departure from the other introductions because it not merely offers a lucid and concise introduction into the key concepts of his thought, but also an insight into the political context in which it came about. Baudrillard's philosophy developed in the wake of the changes that Marxism and Saussurean structuralism went through after the enthusiasm and the disappointment of the student revolts of '68. B. argued that these have had a dramatic impact on religion. According to him, religion has lost its function as the binding factor in society and should be regarded as sign, practice and ritual, rather than as a doctrine or a vision of totality. So what would be the implications for contemporary theology? What makes this a very special introduction, is the fact Walters brings Baudrillard's thought up to date in a much more radical way than Baudrillard himself ever did. He succeeds extremely well in translating Baudrillard's ideas to important theological issues of our day and age: terrorism, ideas about the end of days, physicality, globalisation, the economic crisis. According to Walters, the theological interest of Baudrillard's work lies in its criticism of our social and economic reality, in as far as it expresses itself in signs and meanings that seem to obscure the presence of God rather than reveal it. This is a visionary theological work in its own right that thinks along with Baudrillard, but also has its own topical theological voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 April 2013
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This book applies Baudrillard's theories to theology. The writing is accessible, and the ideas are expressed clearly. An interesting and engaging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for post-modern Christians, 23 July 2012
A concise and accessible account of Baudrillard's writing and thinking. The first half gives a useful overview of the French thinker's position, neatly reminding the reader that the man didn't always mean what he said, or at least, didn't always mean it in the way it comes across...
The second half makes a bold stab at applying many of Baudrillard's idea to theology, from sexuality to nihilism to the problem of war. Let it be a spur to a new way of Christian thinking for the 21st century.
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