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Radical Theologies and Philosophies

Žižek Reading Bonhoeffer

Towards a Radical Critical Theology

Authors: Koltaj, Bojan

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  • Presents a critical reading of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s social theology through the lens of Žižek
  • Explores the potential that lies in the engagement of critical theory and theology
  • Draws attention to and clarifies the full dimensionality of the necessary critical character of theology
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This book critically examines Bonhoeffer’s social theology in Sanctorum Communio from the perspective of Žižek’s theological materialism. Specifically, it refers to Žižek’s struggling universality of abandonment and its ethic of indifference in consideration of Bonhoeffer’s transcendental personalist community of saints and its ethic of universal love. As such, it represents an attempt to reflect on the content, act, and implication of theological thought without presuppositions and an argument for the necessity of such an approach—a radical approach that is true to theology’s critical character of challenging narratives and revealing exceptions in search of truth.


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Bojan Koltaj is an associate lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, UK. 

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“The questions that Bojan Koltaj raises in this groundbreaking study are serious and real:  Is there an authentic form of community?  Is social change possible?  And if so, are they best achieved with or without God?  By reading Bonhoeffer—the patron saint of radical theology—through Žižek, Koltaj pushes Bonhoeffer beyond where he himself might have been comfortable, but in so doing, he successfully radicalizes him so that the religionless Christianity befitting a world without God he envisioned might finally be realized. This is what Koltaj means by a critical theology without presuppositions, and it is why this book should be required reading for anyone interested in radical theology.” (Jeffrey W. Robbins, Professor of Religion & Philosophy, Lebanon Valley College, USA)

“Any future for theology will be materialist, or it will not be. In this brilliant study of Žižek and Bonhoeffer, Bojan Koltaj contrasts Bonhoeffer’s ethical community of saints with Žižek’s political community of abandonment, showing the theological roots of both thinkers. Koltaj develops a radical critical theology without presuppositions that demands to be read and enacted.” (Clayton Crockett, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Central Arkansas, USA)

“If it is true that theology is inherently critical, then this book is an excellent departure point from which to develop a new theology for today’s complex world. If it is not necessarily true, then the rich resources of the radical approach on offer here – Bonhoeffer meets Žižek, to lay the groundwork for a meta-theology – become an excellent beginning point from which to make it true.” (Andrew W. Hass, Reader in Religion, University of Stirling, Scotland, and author Hegel and the Art of Negation.)

“This book arrives at a time of heightened interest in the convergence between radical materialist thinkers and Christian theology, and offers both useful and original contributions to a field that is currently on its rise. In the comparative reading of Žižek and Bonhoeffer attempted here (a most interesting choice of interlocutors, it must be remarked!), Bojan Koltaj offers scholarship of high quality that is certain to occupy a prominent position in the discussion that is currently underway. The future of the dialogue between critical theory and Christian theology seems certainly bright.” (Sotiris Mitralexis, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester, UK, and Teaching Fellow at the University of Athens, Greece)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Žižek Reading Bonhoeffer
Book Subtitle
Towards a Radical Critical Theology
Authors
Series Title
Radical Theologies and Philosophies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26094-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26094-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26093-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 191
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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