This is the first book of a young scholar who promises to be a major voice in the contemporary constructive theological conversations within the broad catholic tradition. It does not present an easy task, but it amply repays careful and reflective reading as, with its own particular voice and inner logic, it develops a theology of church and sacrament out of profound and critical reflections on the thought of Michel Henry after Husserl and Heidegger, and behind them Descartes and the violence to Christian thought detonated by Nietzsche in the 19th century. Rivera joins thinkers of the distinction of Jean-Yves Lacoste and Jean-Luc Marion within the tradition of phenomenology after Husserl (whose presence haunts almost every page of this book) in an authentic reconstruction of Christian thought and theology after the European...

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