Marius van Hoogstraten

Theopoetics and Religious Difference

The Unruliness of the Interreligious: A Dialogue with Richard Kearney, John D. Caputo, and Catherine Keller

[Theopoetik und religiöse Differenz. Die Widerspenstigkeit der Interreligiösen. Ein Dialog mit Richard Kearney, John D. Caputo und Catherine Keller.]

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Why are interreligious encounters and relations both more troubling and more promising than typically assumed, and how can this be embraced? In engaging the contemporary theological discourse of »theopoetics«, Marius van Hoogstraten offers a way of approaching religious difference that, while perhaps unusual to readers familiar with more conventional theology, may be especially fitting for this age.
In this study, Marius van Hoogstraten seeks to come to an understanding of the interreligious that embraces the ambiguity, historicity, and dynamic relationality of religious difference – in a word, its unruliness. While many approaches in theology implicitly recognize this unruliness, they typically try to bring it under control, to pacify it, or keep it at a distance. Instead, the author proposes turning to the »theopoetics« – approaches to theology marked by both uncertainty and creativity – of the contemporary philosophers and theologians Richard Kearney, John D. Caputo and Catherine Keller to envision the interreligious as the non-site of an aporetic relatedness neither secondary to religious identity nor indicative of an underlying unity, making it possible for an inter-religious solidarity to emerge from the depths of difference.

Marius van Hoogstraten Born 1985; 2019 PhD; previously worked as a research associate at the University of Hamburg and as a peace worker with the Mennonite church in Berlin; currently postdoctoral researcher at the Mennonite Seminary in Amsterdam and a pastor in the Mennonite congregation in Hamburg, Germany.


The following reviews are known:

In: Reviews in Religion & Theology — 29 (2022), pp. 101–108 (Mark Novak)
In: Journal of Interreligious Studies (JIRS) — 34 (2022), pp. 104–109 (Axel Mark Oaks Takács)