"Church and Postmodern Culture" author John Caputo has provided an extensive review of The Monstrosity of Christ for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. The long, generous review essay ultimately (and not surprisingly) ends with questions like the following:
Why not adopt the post-metaphysical idea that gives up searching for all such primordial underlying somethings or other?
I'm not convinced that metaphysics and Jesus are as antithetical as Caputo goes on to suggest, nor am I sure that theology is as marginal and distrusted as he claims in his conclusion. (Impressions here no doubt depend on the circles in which one runs; but I think it would be hard to be a regular reader of the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, or even the New York Times and suggest that theology is some quaint backwater pursuit. I'd think if we sampled those pages 30 years ago, that claim would have been more true.) But in any case, despite quibbles, Caputo's review repays a read.
And we could wish that more scholars of Caputo's stature would take the time to review the work of their peers. As I've noted elsewhere, I think book reviews are a crucial aspect of scholarly discourse and we abandon such labor at our parallel. Unfortunately, the culture of scholarly reviewing seems to leave this important work to graduate students and emerging scholars, for whom a published review is a kind of early, "mini-publication" for a CV. As scholars become established, they don't "have" to do such work any more. But a different sort of "ought" suggests they should. I'm grateful for Jack taking the time to do such work. May his tribe increase.