January 8, 2022

“Pugh is concerned about whether Christianity has a future, and his book often seems like a gathering of forces against a postmodern onslaught, to the extent that he can appear rather unconcerned with the past. Indeed, in the closing pages, he is still worrying over being perceived as having “colonized” rather than listened to the past. This trepidation comes at the end of a book seven of whose nine chapters consist of imaginary conversations with Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther, Schleiermacher, Bonhoeffer, and Barth. The first and last chapters place the conversations in a postmodern context, with Derrida, Foucault, and Lyotard ready to be called on at key moments in the text and Pugh striving to ground faith in the face of such incredulity as Lyotard counsels. Pugh’s interlocutors merit discussion because of their impact on the world and should prove helpful to Christian and other readers concerned with whether the Incarnation is just another metanarrative to greet with disbelief or a story that can help us ascertain what we means in a protean world.”

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