Original Research - Special Collection: SASRF The resurgence of metaphysics in science and philosophy and theology

How postmetaphysical can God-talk be?

Wessel Bentley
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4669 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4669 | © 2017 Wessel Bentley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 May 2017 | Published: 17 November 2017

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Wessel Bentley, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa


A stalemate often ensues when science, philosophy and theology deliberate over the notion of metaphysics. It is apparent that these three disciplines approach metaphysics from different vantage points. By delineating the definition of metaphysics to the distinction between ‘what is known’ and ‘what is not known’, it is argued that the resulting ‘silo-effect’ of knowledge does not advance the discourse between science, theology and philosophy. This is especially true when religion raises the notion of ‘God-talk’. In order to create a common ground between science, theology and philosophy (specifically when it comes to God-talk), this article proposes another construct, namely ‘postmetaphysics’. It is argued that postmetaphysics assists in overcoming dualistic theological notions of God which hampers discussions between the mentioned conversation partners.


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