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Adorno and Theology by Christopher Craig Brittain


Adorno and Theology by Christopher Craig Brittain

This is an introduction to the core ideas in Theodor Adorno's work and their relevance for theology. Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903-1969), the German sociologist and philosopher was one of the intellectual leaders of the post-war Frankfurt School. This book presents and analyzes Adorno's writings on theology and religion in a clear and accessible manner. It is targeted at upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students, and will not presuppose any familiarity with Adorno. The book includes a general introduction to Adorno's thought, and examines his relationship with the work of Walter Benjamin and Jewish theology, his confrontation with scientific positivism (Karl Popper), and his criticism of the 'Culture Industry' and ideology. All of these topics are explored with attention to how they engage with contemporary debates within theology. This is accomplished by bringing Adorno's work into dialogue with major concerns and authors. The volume concludes by highlighting an often neglected aspect of Adorno's writing - his philosophy of music - and how this aesthetic appreciation of the sublime informs contemporary theological reflection. The Philosophy and Theology series looks at major philosophers and explores their relevance to theological thought as well as the response of theology.


'In complex and often deeply puzzling ways, Adorno's thinking was profoundly informed by theology. While rigorously adhering to the prohibition of images, he all the same argued that theology contains a utopian aspiration that no genuine critical theory can do without. This book stands out as one of the most lucid and comprehensive studies of the theological strands of Adorno's thinking. In the absence of confession and after the death of god, it testifies to the continuing philosophical value and relevance of religion.' - Espen Hammer, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.--Sanford Lakoff'

About the Author

Christopher Brittain is Lecturer in Practical Theoogy in the University of Aberdeen, UK.

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Publication date

22nd July 2010


Christopher Craig Brittain

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


192 pages


Christian theology
Philosophy of religion



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