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On the Persistence of the Genealogical in Contemporary Theology

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Mogård Bergem, Ragnar  ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8453-0516

Abstract

There is a persistence of genealogical discourse in a certain strand of contemporary theology. Opting for the genealogical shapes the theological task of remembrance and engagement with the historical tradition in important, but also problematic, ways. In this article I discuss how genealogical discourse was appropriated by theology, and then uncover its implicit assumptions and tendencies. Analysing some encounters between theological genealogies and various Hegelian thinkers, I draw a contrast between Nietzschean genealogy and Hegelian ‘phenomenology’. This comparison brings to light some fundamental ways in which the genealogical might distort theological writing and practice.

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5005 Theology, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Modern Theology

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Journal ISSN

0266-7177
1468-0025

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Publisher

Wiley