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Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo

Updated on October 17, 2015

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I was sent a free copy of Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo.

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Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo

Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo is on John D. Caputo's journey from a 1950'sCatholic altar boy in Philadelphia all the way to a philosopher.Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo is:

  • part spiritual autobiography
  • part homily on what he calls the "nihilism of grace,"
  • Hoping Against Hope calls believers and nonbelievers alike to participate in the "praxis of the kingdom of God,"

Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo focuses on John D. Caputo's want to redeem religion and to reinvent religion for the postmodern times.

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John D. Caputo

John D. Caputo is a hybrid philosopher/theologian he works in the area of radical theology. John D. Caputo has an interest in the poetics of the "event" harbored in the name of God.John D. Caputo has written many books including, but not limited to:

  • Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim
  • What Would Jesus Deconstruct?: The Good News of Postmodernism for the Church (The Church and Postmodern Culture)
  • The Folly of God: A Theology of the Unconditional (God and the Human Future)
  • The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion)
  • The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion)
  • It Spooks: Living in response to an unheard call
  • The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida: Religion without Religion (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion)
  • On Religion (Thinking in Action)
  • Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy)
  • How to Read Kierkegaard (How to Read)
  • Mystical Element in Heidegger's Thought
  • Philosophy and Theology (Horizons in Theology)

Review

As I wrote at the beginning of this hub "I was sent a free copy of Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo."

Please read this section here before reading onward. This review is only reflection of my personal beliefs and opinions towards this book not towards any individual or belief system. I personally respect everyone's in born right to believe in what they wish. So please understand that even if I agree or disagree with aspects of this book that none of this review is an attack on anyone's beliefs.

My Review:

First off after reading this book I would not recommend it to anyone I know because of the simple fact that I walked away from Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo feeling beyond confused. The book is pretty dry and bland almost like a boring history book. I felt like I was reading the words and they were going in one ear and out the other. I honestly could not tell you what the point of this book was. It seemed like a weird cross between and autobiography and a person's belief system. It honestly read like a bunch of ramblings. Now maybe if you study theology this book would make more sense, but to me it made no sense what so ever. The author did have a good voice though when he wrote about his own past (that part was easy to understand). It was the time skips and the rambling that made this book so confusing. I could not even understand if the author did or did not want God to exist and if he did or did not believe in God himself.

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