A Half Century Of Postmodernism – Public Talk And Book Signing By Carl Raschke On His Latest Work

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Carl Raschke

When?  Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:30

Where? BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303-284-0194

BookBar “is a bookshop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers. And a fabulous cafe, too”.
Sponsored by Cri Hub.  Admission free and open to the public.  Map.

The term “postmodernism” has functioned as a term of both celebration and rebuke for much of contemporary history since the Vietnam era.   It has especially defined the spiritual heritage of the West during that period, serving as a badge of identity for religious seekers of three generations as well as the perennial whipping boy for conservatives and fundamentalists.

What has postmodernism wrought, and is it finally over?  Come hear University of Denver Professor Carl Raschke, internationally recognized as the “inventor” of religious postmodernism, answer these questions while reflecting on the changes and upheaval in our culture during the past half -century.  Title: “Bye, Bye Xanadu: Postmodernism as our 50-Year Spiritual Odyssey From the Hippies To The Millennials”.

Raschke will also discuss and sign his latest book Postmodern Theology: A Biopic .

Raschke has published over 20 books and is the author among others of  of Force of God, Critical Theology, GloboChrist, The Next Reformation, Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory, Fire And Roses, and The Digital Revolution and the Coming of the Postmodern University.

The talk and book signing is the first of a three-part monthly series entitled  “Critical Conversations  – Taking the Spiritual Temper of Our Time.”

Praise for Postmodern Theology: A Biopic (Wipf and Stock, 2017).

“ . . . an extremely readable introduction to ‘Postmodern Theology.’ Raschke critically, generously, and humorously presents the most important antecedents, developments, and consequences of this influential theological movement. It directly confronts thinkers like Caputo, Altizer, and Mark Taylor. Parallel to this Raschke offers a clear and in-depth introduction to Derrida and Deleuze’s philosophies, which not only made postmodern theology possible, but have also shaped the course of contemporary theological and political discourse.” – Kurt Appel, University of Vienna

Critical Conversations – Taking The Spiritual Temperature Of Our Time

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Starting in September 2017 CRI launches a series of  talks entitled Critical Conversations by and with Denver-based writers and public intellectuals on topics connected to their new books, which have been just recently published.

Critical Conversations is a partnership with BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212 and will be held once a month on Thursday evenings in September, October, and November.

The first “conversations” will focus on the theme “Taking the Spiritual Temperature Of Our Time”, an exploration of the ways in which contemporary arts and culture as well as politics are both infused with and shaped by the deeper longings of the heart, including inklings of an immaterial realm.

All sessions are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. .  The fall schedule for Critical Conversations is as follows:

Thursday, September 21.

Carl Raschke.   Author of Force of God, GloboChrist, Fire And Roses, and More. Professor of Religious Studies, University of Denver.  Talk: “Bye, Bye Xanadu: Postmodernism as our 50-Year Spiritual Odyssey From the Hippies To The Millennials”.    Book:  Postmodern Theology: A Biopic, Wipf & Stock, 2017.

 

“ . . . an extremely readable introduction to ‘Postmodern Theology.’ Raschke critically, generously, and humorously presents the most important antecedents, developments, and consequences of this influential theological movement. It directly confronts thinkers like Caputo, Altizer, and Mark Taylor. Parallel to this Raschke offers a clear and in-depth introduction to Derrida and Deleuze’s philosophies, which not only made postmodern theology possible, but have also shaped the course of contemporary theological and political discourse.” – Kurt Appel, University of Vienna

Thursday, October 12.

Selah Saterstrom.  Author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution. Director of Creative Writing, University of Denver.  Talk:  Title TBA.  Book:  Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics.

“Saterstrom’s creative work draws heavily from her life growing up in the Spiritual Church Movement in Natchez, Mississippi. As a university student, she studied Biblical hermeneutics and was influenced by writers such as Stephen Moore (Derrida & Foucault at the Foot of the CrossGod’s Gym).  Her work addresses the tensions and consonances between postmodern hermeneutics and the spiritualist tradition in which she was raised.  While divinatory tactics, such as tarot card reading, keep a fashionable place in New Age culture, Saterstrom’s work with divination comes from a lineage of root workers in the South and runs much deeper than a fad.” – Roger Green

Thursday, November 9.

Tad Delay,  Author of God Is Unconscious.    Talk:  “What Does the Populist Want?: Notes on Ideology, Religion, and Anxiety.” Book:  The Cynic and the Fool.

“While The Cynic and the Fool offers the reader insights that feel timeless, its true power lies in its ability to offer a unique and penetrating analysis of our present age. This is a book that employs the best of psychoanalytic theory to reflect on larger, societal issues. It is a carefully crafted work that will prove invaluable to anyone wanting to wrestle with, and understand, the tumultuous times we live in.” – Peter Rollins “ . . . an extremely readable introduction to ‘Postmodern Theology.’ Raschke critically, generously, and humorously presents the most important antecedents, developments, and consequences of this influential theological movement. It directly confronts thinkers like Caputo, Altizer, and Mark Taylor. Parallel to this Raschke offers a clear and in-depth introduction to Derrida and Deleuze’s philosophies, which not only made postmodern theology possible, but have also shaped the course of contemporary theological and political discourse.”