Displacing Christian Origins: Philosophy, Secularity, and the New Testamentby Ward Blanton
Pub. Date: 09/15/2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Recent critical theory is curiously preoccupied with the metaphors and ideas of early Christianity, especially the religion of Paul. The haunting of secular thought by the very religion it seeks to overcome may seem surprising at first, but Ward Blanton argues that this recent return by theorists to the resources of early Christianity has precedent in modern and ostensibly secularizing philosophy, from Kant to Heidegger.
Displacing Christian Origins traces the key ideas of Agamben, Derrida, and Zizek, among others, back to nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century interpreters of early Christianity. By comparing these crucial moments in the modern history of philosophy with exemplars of modern biblical scholarship-David Friedrich Strauss, Adolf Deissmann, and Albert Schweitzer-Blanton offers a new way for critical theory to construe the relationship between the modern past and the biblical traditions to which we seem to be drawn once again.
About the Author:
Ward Blanton is lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow
Table of Contents
Introduction: Interdisciplinary Maps of Religion and Secularity: Toward a Critical Present 1
Escape from the Biblical Aura: Hegel and Strauss on "Modern" Biblical Criticism 25
The Mechanics of (Dis)Enchantment: Nietzsche and D. F. Strauss on the Production of Religious Texts in the Age of Industrial Media 67
Paul's Secretary: Heidegger's Apostolic Light from the Ancient Near East 105
Reason's Apocalypse: Albert Schweitzer's "Fully Eschatological" Jesus and the Collapse of Metaphysics 129
Conclusion: Displacing Christian Origins as Displacements of Religion and Secularity 167
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