Alternative Title

Foundations for a Postmodern Theology

Abstract

This project focuses on Nietzsche’s Age of Nihilism, arguing that the modern context of social life exudes nihilistic outlooks. The Age of Nihilism has caused many people in modernity to experience existential and ontological insecurity. Christianity, as a general form, posits existential certainty, and in a doctrinal sense, has historically posited ontological security also. However, many people find themselves unable to come to grips with faith in the modern age because of the existential and ontological disconnect. This project argues that ontological security is not a requisite of modern faith. The postmodern theology presented in this project is derived from specific works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) and C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), offering both a pastoral and layman’s approach to faith for those struggling to find the cross in a world without God.

Advisor

Tierney, Thomas

Second Advisor

Kammer, Charles

Department

Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Publication Date

2014

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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