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Preaching After God: Derrida, Caputo, and the Language of Postmodern Homiletics
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Preaching After God is written for progressive preachers trying to find ways to meaningfully communicate with those who increasingly identify as “the nones,” i.e. those who aren’t sure what to make of God and/or Christianity, including those who believe in God some of the time, or none of the time, or all of the time. By drawing on the insights of several prominent postmodern theologians and philosophers such as Jacques Derrida, John Caputo and Slavoj Žižek, Snider provides possibilities for preaching that highly resonate with postmodern listeners who often view religion as little more than superstition and magic. Six lectionary-based sermons are included as examples.

“In this grand-scale book, Snider takes on the enormous task of rethinking homiletics in light of postmodern thought, and comes up with a fresh and wonderful preacher-sized proposal for speaking of God in times like ours. His refreshing honesty and engaging style will kindle new hope in those who secretly fear that preaching may be impossible in progressive circles. His energy and delight in asking the big questions will inspire others to do the same. A lively conversation-starter of a book.”
Anna Carter Florence, author of Preaching as Testimony and Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary


“There is a growing industry of Christians attempting to domesticate the work of radical thinkers to fit them into an already existing theological system. Provocative writers are thus tied to a Procrustean bed by religionists seeking to make them fit within an already established religious dogma. Not so with Snider. Here he reads these vital thinkers seriously and subtly, pouring their new wine into the old wineskins. Why? So as to crack open the actually existing church and help prepare the way for a new reformation.”
Peter Rollins, author of Insurrection

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The Hyphenateds
(editor & contributing writer)

“Whether one is an emergence Christian or a mainline Christian or a traditional Christian or even a disaffected Christian, one has the opportunity here to look at the future through the lens of an evolving present. What’s written here is intimately told, without apology, and with no holds barred.” – Phyllis Tickle

With a passion for both mainline traditions and emergence Christianity, The Hyphenateds offers a vibrant and contagious vision of the ways in which the church might undergo the transformation necessary to faithfully embody the love of Christ in the midst of an ever-changing postmodern world. Order


Toward a Hopeful Future
(coauthor)

“Enthusiastically recommended – yes, for Mainliners, but also for Evangelicals and Roman Catholics who also need a shot of hope about the future.” – Brian McLaren

“Convergence between streams of emergent and progressive Christianity is a striking and hopeful happening. This exciting book is very much needed now.”Marcus Borg

Toward a Hopeful Future (winner of the 2011 Mayflower Award for best book in church and society) highlights the ways that mainline communities can find great hope, encouragement, and renewal by embracing the emergent conversation. Order

Banned Questions About Jesus
(contributing writer)

“Can you be curious and thoughtful about religion and NOT read this book? My answer: No.”
– A.J. Jacobs, author of the New York Times bestseller The Year of Living Biblically

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