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6. The Deleuzioguattarian Body of Christ without Organs


 
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1. Title Title of document 6. The Deleuzioguattarian Body of Christ without Organs - Critical Theory and Early Christianity
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Bradley McLean; University of Toronto;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; Philosophy
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Gilles Deleuze; Early Christian Thought; Critical Theory; Pauline theology
 
5. Subject Subject classification Early Christian Thought; History of Ideas; Critical Theory
 
6. Description Abstract This article argues that each Pauline Christ group can be interpreted as a Deleuzoguattarian ‘body of Christ without organs,’ which is to say, as a self-organizing system, without reference to a transcendental plane (1 Cor 12:27, Rom 12:4-5). While this body of Christ did indeed possess organs (Christ followers), the connections between them and Christ, and between them and the ‘organs’ (or ‘desiring-machines’) of other bodies, were just as significant as the connections between the ‘organs’ themselves. Scholars can better understand the dynamics of the historical emergence of Christ groups by investigating what ‘desiring-machines’ the first Christ groups were plugged into, and what symptoms were produced in them by being plugged into other desiring-machines. Such an analysis requires an appreciation of the three stages of the emergence of a ‘body without organs’: namely, 1) connective synthesis, 2) disjunctive synthesis, and finally 3) a conjunctive synthesis. Taken together, these three passive syntheses, which form a body without organs, provide a functional analytic for theorizing the emergence of early Christianity in the first century CE.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 28-Oct-2022
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/30150
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30150
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Critical Theory and Early Christianity
 
16. Language English=en English
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) 4th Century CE; contemporary
 
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