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Christ in Postmodern Philosophy: Gianni Vattimo, Rene Girard, and Slavoj Zizek
<div><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 27.5pt">I</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">n the wake of Heidegger's announcement of the end of onto-theology and inspired by both Levinas and Derrida, many contemporary continental philosophers of religion search for a post-metaph ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Bloomsbury T&T Clark
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For those unfamiliar with these three thinkers'/philsophers' turn towards Christianity, this is a great introduction. The author is obviously biased towards Rene Girard, and he has a reasonable basis for doing so. He is interested in arriving at Christianity through contemporary philosophy, in a way which possibly makes it more relevant for the contemporary intellectual at least. However, he is unwilling, and reasonably so, to compromise a full Christianity. Both Vattimo and Zizek return to, in ...more
The resurrection of christ as an object (the word is used in the Lacanian sense) reached its viral high a few years ago. It seems on its way out now that Paul has become the new Lenin for the Marxists who hope to revive the dead corpse of old ideology. Vattimo is good here, and Girard is back to life from his violence and the sacred days. Worth a look.
Zizek & Vattimo are interesting sparring partners with Girard, but I don't see much more in either of Zizek or Vattimo than a rehash of Altizer's death of God theology. I think it comes from their going back to Altizer's sources, Nietzsche & Hegel & coming up with the same thing.