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Featured Book: The Folly of God: A Theology of the Unconditional


In The Folly of God, John Caputo “takes the reader on a topsy-turvy journey through a Kingdom which is madder than anything the Hatter could have dreamed up,” L.K. Cripps writes in an amazon.ca customer review. But he does it with “terrific wit, passion, and honesty.” Another reader/reviewer reckons, “At stake in this book is our understanding of God.” Still another professes, “Every time I read his works, I end up loving my God and my neighbour so much more.”

Caputo, who taught at Villanova University for three dozen years before retiring in 2004, is pictured by a fellow scholar as being “our most prominent contemporary philosophical theologian.” He, Clayton Crockett, says of the 2016 book, “Here, God…is an event that transforms us.” Even though Caputo himself declares, straightforwardly, “The folly of God is that God does not exist.”

In his review for Religious Theory, Richard Allen of Regent University explains this apparent contradiction: “God is now removed from the…necessity of being, and allowed to remain the unconditional call upon our lives.” As Caputo has it in “Does the Kingdom of God need God?”, his last chapter, “We are the ones who are…called to act.” Intriguing stuff!

The Folly of God: A Theology of the Unconditional
By John Caputo
Polebridge Press, 2016