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The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic? (Short Circuits) Kindle Edition
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This is a collaboration between Zizek and John Milbank - Zizek writes the first part, Milbank the middle and Zizek the end. Zizek is of course a famous cultural theorist of the left, Milbank a Christian theologian who supports Radical Orthodoxy.
I enjoyed the book overall, but found Milbank's middle section hard work. I found him pretty obscure and often difficult to follow - I've taken an interest in theology and philosophy for the last thirty years so I think I'm ok at the "interested layman" level of reading, but I struggled with this, even though I was genuinely interested in what he had to say.
Zizek is much more enjoyable - it is a while since I have read him, but coming back to him was a delight. I'm not saying he is the easiest person to follow either, but it doesn't really matter, you know that basically he is trying to make you think about things differently, take what you thought might be the case and turn it on its head - and doing so in an engaging and intelligent way.
So try to summarise the book - well they certainly do make reference to each other. They are clearly in disagreement, Zizek offers a sort of Christian Atheism as the true Christianity - when God becomes human and dies, this really is God emptying himself and freeing humanity to make their own choices. Following Lacan however he says that when God dies he does not vanish, but goes into the unconscious, unaware of his own death.
There is a lot of this sort of playing with ideas and theology, but essentially the issue is a political one.Read more ›
This author makes everything about Christ seem complicated. He is devoid of innocence.
Why not put Christ's teaching into practice in relation to ordinary people (not just academics like Badiou)? This would be better than writing down your misunderstandings for an academic elite.
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