Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim

Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim

John D. Caputo has a long career as one of the preeminent postmodern philosophers in America. The author of such books as Radical Hermeneutics, The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida, and The Weakness of God, Caputo now reflects on his spiritual journey from a Catholic altar boy in 1950s Philadelphia to a philosopher after the death of God. Part spiritual autobiography, part homily on what he calls the “nihilism of grace,” Hoping Against Hope calls believers and nonbelievers alike to participate in the “praxis of the kingdom of God,” which Caputo says we must pursue “without why.”

Caputo’s conversation partners in this volume include Lyotard, Derrida, and Hegel, but also earlier versions of himself: Jackie, a young altar boy, and Brother Paul, a novice in a religious order. Caputo traces his own journey from faith through skepticism to hope after the “death of God.” In the end, Caputo doesn’t want to do away with religion; he wants to redeem religion and to reinvent religion for a postmodern time.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451499155
  • eBook ISBN 9781506401508
  • Brand Theology for the People
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 224
  • Publication Date October 1, 2015


"In Hoping Against Hope, 'God doesn't exist, God insists,' and God insists with so much love and grace that the omnipotent Daddy you don't really believe in anyway gives up the ghost. But John Caputo's gripping narrative is told with such adventurous honesty and irresistible humor that you don't need to agree with him—you just don't want to stop reading him."
Catherine Keller , author of Cloud of the Impossible


Listen to an interview with John Caputo on the Drew Marshall Show discussing his new spiritual autobiography, Hoping Against Hope!