Catherine Keller


 Catherine Keller

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Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University Theological Seminary

Catherine Keller has taught for over two decades in the Theological School of Drew University and its Graduate Division of Religion. In her teaching, lecturing and writing, in a multiplicity of religious and secular, scholarly and activist settings, she seeks to midwife a theology of becoming. A work of complicated lineage and open future, it interweaves a postmodern biblical hermeneutic with process cosmology, poststructuralist philosophy and an evolving feminist cosmopolitics. At once constructive and deconstructive in approach, such theology engages questions of ecological, social and spiritual interdependence amidst an irreducible indeterminacy.

After studies in Europe and in seminary, she did her doctoral work at Claremont Graduate University with John Cobb, and sustains a warm and active affiliation with the Center for Process Studies. Its pioneering work in postmodernism pluralism, both by way of a Whiteheadian philosophy and progressive Christian activism, continue to inform her work.

As director of the annual Drew Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium since its inception in 2000, she works with colleagues and students to foster a hospitable local setting for planetary conversations. Its postcolonial and pluralist ecumenism involves confessional as well as secular faiths. With the collaboration of Fordham Press, the TTC is producing a rich series of co-edited volumes.

She meets monthly and happily for symposia over dinner with her graduate students, an international collective finding their own theological voices rather than echoing hers.

She is currently writing on issues of incertitude and interrelatedness as they enfold at once a tradition of Christian mysticism and recent physical cosmology. The thread of radical relationalism that runs through her work here engages the heritage of negative theology, with its deconstructive edge. The robust contemporary affirmations of embodiment characteristic of ecofeminist and Whiteheadian thought tangle with the indeterminacy of postmodern pluralism.

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