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Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy)

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This book offers a novel account of grace, framed in terms of Bruno Latour's "principle of irreduction." It thus models an object-oriented approach to grace, experimentally moving a traditional Christian understanding of grace out of a top-down, theistic ontology and into an agent-based, object-oriented ontology. In the process, it also provides a systematic and original ...more
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Published June 3rd 2013 by Fordham University Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Terence Blake
Aug 18, 2013 Terence Blake rated it really liked it
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This is a very interesting book, and a pleasure to read. It is very well-written, presents very interesting ideas, and contains a very useful introduction Bruno Latour’s work. So I can wholeheartedly recommend it. It gives an excellent account of Latour's pluralist ontology, one that is far superior, because more faithful, to that given in Graham Harman's book "PRINCE OF NETWORKS: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics". Unfortunately Miller relies too much on Harman's "object-oriented" terminology, which ...more
Steven Peck
May 05, 2013 Steven Peck rated it it was amazing
This is easily the most interesting and important book of theology I've read in a very long time. Not only is it inventive, novel, and beautifully written, it is full of insights. It is the kind of theology that needs expression in our scientific age. The medieval theological legacy preoccupied with the three omni's (omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence) has left us with a God that does not speak to our world--one enmeshed in theodicies, thick and intractable.

Miller takes an object oriente
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BHodges
May 23, 2014 BHodges rated it really liked it
Still mulling this one over months later. I marked it as one to which I have to return. Miller is at once stunningly clear and strangely puzzling. His is a mind-bending attempt to make reality not merely more real, but more holy--but not in that ancient-dusty-church-lit-candles-smell-of-dead-flowers sort of holiness. More like the blood-in-your-mouth-after-biting-your-tongue-warm-summer-day-dark-windy-night type of holiness.
Austin
Aug 31, 2014 Austin rated it it was amazing
This is a rich work. This was one of the rare books that reconfigured my model of reality at a deep level. It was my introduction to the delightful philosophy of object-oriented ontology, which is an effective platform for thinking about everything, as Miller demonstrates in his multitude of sections.

I have thought a lot since reading this book about the dual resistance and availability of all objects, and how no object can be reduced in totality. Just accepting these simple precepts has helped
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Christian
This book was amazing, but I've come to expect that as the usual fare with Mr. Miller. Through his exposition of Latour's philosophy, he enabled me to better respect all the subtle nuances of my indebtedness to the world's givenness. I am not an empty black box--I have my roots in a boundless number of other objects, each of them in turn rooted in multiplicity. If I ignore my dependent origination, I sin, for this is the meaning of sin itself. But if I acknowledge my rootedness in other objects, ...more
Brent Wilson
I have been wanting an introduction to Bruno Latour for a few years-

My field of educational technology makes use of his actor-network theory - or at least we should.

So I read this book for two reasons: personal (my Mormon faith is compatible in many ways with Labour's ce-centered form of theism); and (2) my professional interest in Latour's thinking.

I was rewarded on both fronts. Miller has a fresh, modest, playful voice - among the clearest philosophical writing I've encountered. Reminds me of
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Karl W.
Jun 11, 2013 Karl W. rated it liked it
I found this book both stimulating and frustrating. The stimulation came from some of the provocative views of Latour that author Adam Miller explicates. But the frustration stems from the fact that most of the presentation is in the abstract, with no examples presented to illustrate the terms and concepts discussed. For instance, we readers could definitely benefit from some real-world examples of what Latour and Miller mean by "grace." Just what sorts of experiences are Latour and Miller ...more
Jenny
May 12, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing
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Well worth reading, and re-reading. I've been in and out of this book so many times since it came out that I've lost track; each time, I'm glad I've gone back. Miller's inherent poeticism serves both Latour and grace equally well, but the real value for me is the way that Miller's own work—the effort to think grace in this specific, grounded way—continues to provide me with cause for reflection, yes, but also a quite literal food for thought.
Eric Dowdle
Sep 16, 2013 Eric Dowdle rated it it was amazing
Simply excellent. This book took my haphazardly-constructed religious framework, broke it down to its component parts, lovingly polished or replaced them when necessary, and built them back up again, resulting in a much more cohesive, beautiful result. A wonderful resource for the devotional with a bend toward object-oriented ontology.
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I'll be reviewing this for http://www.itineration.org in the near future (May 2014) so check there soon.
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