Article | NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009 | Wrestling with Angels Or How to Avoid Decisionist Messianic Romances

Title:
Wrestling with Angels Or How to Avoid Decisionist Messianic Romances
Author:
Jayne Svenungsson: Systematic Theology, Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden
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Year:
2009
Conference:
NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009
Issue:
042
Article no.:
023
Pages:
287-298
No. of pages:
12
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2010-04-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Throughout (Christian) history; the messianic event has been linked in the imagination to the idea of a consumption – and thus abrogation – of the (Jewish) Law.1 Although there is little scriptural basis for such an opposition; Law has been pit against Grace; Letter against Spirit; and the Jewish God of Judgment against the Christian God of Love. Even in secular Western thought; the pejorative connotations of the Law remain; most markedly in psychoanalytically influenced philosophies such as those of Jacques Lacan and Julia Kristeva. A similar tendency can also be detected in Alain Badiou’s and Slavoj Žižek’s more recent appraisals of Saint Paul as the founder of a universal gospel of justice and redemption; causing an irreversible rupture with Jewish legalism and particularism. To both philosophers – writing from the re-emerged radical left-wing of European political thought – the apostle’s (alleged) turning against the Law not only reveals the very matrix for every truly emancipatory politics; it also offers an impulse to wrestle free from decades of unfruitful identity politics and localist pragmatism. In line with a significant number of modern European – notably Protestant – theologians; philosophers and biblical scholars; “Law” is once more associated here with restrictive forces which stand in the way of universal human liberation.

NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009

Author:
Jayne Svenungsson
Title:
Wrestling with Angels Or How to Avoid Decisionist Messianic Romances
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NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009

Author:
Jayne Svenungsson
Title:
Wrestling with Angels Or How to Avoid Decisionist Messianic Romances
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