Wir sprechen von Gott, wenn wir mit Gott sprechen.
Theology is speech relating to the divine—not speaking to God, but rather speaking of God. Even in the act of speaking to God, we find ourselves displaced and decentered from the object of our desire, speaking of God in passing. Our subjectivity precludes the possibility of containing or definitively objectifying God with the construct of language; try as we might, we cannot escape our contextual limitations, even as these limitations are gifts in and of themselves. Historical beings that we are, all theology is necessarily contextual, and therefore is never privy to absolute or objective speech.
This blog will engage with various theologians from differing socio-political and philosophical contexts, however each will generally fit into the liberal/post-liberal and existential/postmodern delineations (each of which are, admittedly, broad descriptors with great nuance). Each post will, to varying degrees, seek to discern what it means for the historicized subject to speak of God.
Richard M. Allen is a student and writer based in Dallas, Texas. His work centers on the intersections between philosophical theology, radical politics, and the Christian tradition. You may contact him via e-mail or Twitter.