The Wound and the Rupture

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Author: Jacob Baker

Jacob is a PhD student in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University and an instructor in Philosophy at Utah Valley University. He studies and writes about existentialism, hermeneutics, philosophy of language, the problem of evil, cosmic pessimism, liberation theology, and weak theology.


Wound and Rupture are descriptive of what for me are the two poles that mark the more personal boundaries of theological thought. John Caputo once remarked that theology is for wounded souls, those who have been pierced by something deep, beautiful, and utterly confounding, leaving us reeling and undone, open to the mystery of existence but also to the ways this existence breaks our hearts. Likewise, to think theologically is to be attenuated to a rupture in being, a crack in subjectivity, something that makes of the world both more profound and more terrible.

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