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1. Title Title of document 10. Christianity Appears First, as Itself - Critical Theory and Early Christianity
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Bruce Worthington; McMaster Divinity College; Canada
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; Philosophy
4. Subject Keyword(s) Alain Badiou, Early Christian Thought; Critical Theory; comparative religion;
5. Subject Subject classification Early Christian Thought; History of Ideas; Critical Theory
6. Description Abstract In this article, Bruce Worthington applies Alain Badiou’s theory of the event to account for the emergence of early Christianity as a distinct political body within a cultural set. The article rejects the idea that Christianity authorizes itself on the basis of 4th century institutional creeds or ecumenical conferences; instead suggesting that early Christianity—like all radical groups—emerges rather quickly, in relationship to an event that has happened. The article highlights, at greater detail, Badiou’s notion of the “evental site” and what this might mean for early Christian historiography, reintroducing the link between events and subjectivity in the study of Christian Origins. The article concludes by suggesting that, of course, there is great diversity in early Christian subjectivity; but this diversity is related to an event (Jesus’ death and resurrection) that serves as an organizing principle in early Christian historiography.

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
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30154
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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