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Slavoj Žižek and Christianity

Edited by Sotiris Mitralexis, Dionysios Skliris

Afterword by Slavoj Žižek

© 2019 – Routledge

260 pages

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Slavoj Žižek’s critical engagement with Christian theology goes much further than his seminal The Fragile Absolute (2000), or his The Puppet and the Dwarf (2003),or even his discussion with noted theologian John Milbank in The Monstrosity of Christ (2009). His reading of Christianity, utilising his signature elements of Lacanian psychoanalysis and Hegelian philosophy with modern philosophical currents, can be seen as a genuinely original contribution to the philosophy of religion. This book focuses on these aspects of Žižek’s thought with either philosophy and cultural theory, or Christian theology, serving as starting points of enquiry.

Written by a panel of international contributors, each chapter teases out various strands of Žižek’s thought concerning Christianity and religion and brings them into a wider conversation about the nature of faith. These essays show that far from being an outright rejection of Christian thought and intellectual heritage, Žižek’s work could be seen as a perverse affirmation thereof. Thus, what he has to say should be of direct interest to Christian theology itself.

Touching on thinkers such as Badiou, Lacan, Chesterton and Schelling, this collection is a dynamic reading and re-reading of Žižek’s relationship to Christianity. As such, scholars of theology, the philosophy of religion and Žižek more generally will all find this book to be of great interest.

Table of Contents

1 The Slovenian and the Cross: Transcending Christianity’s Perverse Core with Slavoj Žižek

Dionysios Skliris and Sotiris Mitralexis

2 Žižek and the Dialectical Materialist Theory of Belief

Agon Hamza

3 From Psychoanalysis to Metamorphosis: The Lacanian Limits of Žižek’s Theology

Brian W. Becker

4 "No wonder, then, that love itself disappears": Neighbor-Love in Žižek and Meister Eckhart

Chase Padusniak

5 Concrete Universality: Only That Which Is Non-All Is for All

Gabriel Tupinambá

6 Pacifist Pluralism versus Militant Truth: Christianity at the Service of Revolution in the Work of Slavoj Žižek

Haralambos Ventis

7 Rethinking Universality: Badiou and Žižek on Pauline Theology

Jack Louis Pappas

8 „Rühre Nicht, Bock! Denn es brennt":Schelling, Žižek and Christianity

Sinan Richards

9 Murder at the Vicarage: Žižek’s Chesterton as a Way out of Christianity

Bruce J. Krajewski

10 Žižek and the Dwarf: a Short-Circuit Radical Theology

Mike Grimshaw

Afterword: The Antinomies That Keep Christianity Alive

Slavoj Žižek

About the Author/Editors

Sotiris Mitralexis is Seeger Fellow at Princeton University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the City University of Istanbul (Istanbul Sehir Üniversitesi) and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity and a Visiting Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He received a doctorate in philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin, a doctorate in theology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a degree in classics from the University of Athens. His publications include Ever-Moving Repose: A Contemporary Reading of Maximus the Confessor’s Theory of Time.

Dionysios Skliris is a Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Athens. He received a doctorate from the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines of the University of Paris (Sorbonne – Paris IV). He studied classics and theology at the University of Athens and completed a Master’s degree in Late Antique Philosophy at the University of London (King’s College) as well as a Master’s degree in Byzantine Literature at the University of Paris (Sorbonne – Paris IV).

About the Series

Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology

Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology is an interdisciplinary series exploring new opportunities in the dialogue between philosophy and theology that go beyond more traditional 'faith and reason' debates and take account of the contemporary reshaping of intellectual boundaries. For much of the modern era, the relation of philosophy and theology has been conceived in terms of antagonism or subordination, but recent intellectual developments hold out considerable potential for a renewed dialogue in which philosophy and theology have common cause for revisioning their respective identities, reconceiving their relationship, and combining their resources. This series explores constructively for the 21st century the resources available for engaging with those forms of enquiry, experience and sensibility that theology has historically sought to address. Drawing together new writing and research from leading international scholars in the field, this high profile research series offers an important contribution to contemporary research across the interdisciplinary perspectives relating theology and philosophy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI022000
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
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RELIGION / General
REL051000
RELIGION / Philosophy
REL067000
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General