Mark Johnston’s Saving God
This new book, published by Princeton UP, apparently criticizes atheism and theism, and proposes a “naturalistic” theology without supernaturalism. Can anyone tell me, what’s the point? Why talk about God if you don’t believe in any gods? I don’t get this, any more than I get the “death of god” theologians or the postmodern theologians (like Jack Caputo, for instance).
This is a serious question: why do people want to continue to talk “religiously,” so to speak, after they’ve given up all the trappings of religion?
A more serious question is this: since this is, at best, propaganda rather than scholarship, why does it get published by Princeton? [Why do I think it is propaganda? Because it likely advances particular normative agendas by mystifying or naturalizing certain religious authorities rather than showing how the process of mystification works—which is what I think scholarship should do.]