Contrary to the most venerable axioms of theology, ought we to say that God does not exist but that God insists. Perhaps it is we who exist, not God, and it is our responsibility to see that God enjoys such mundane reality as is possible. Perhaps God is the weak force, the faintest suggestion of a “perhaps,” not a mighty superbeing coming over the hill to save us?
John D. Caputo is the Thomas J. Watson professor emeritus of Religion at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook professor emeritus of Philosophy at Villanova. His books have attempted to persuade us that hermeneutics goes all the way down, that Derrida is a thinker for people of faith to reckon with, and that theology is best served by getting over its love affair with power and authority.