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12. Badiou and the Origins of Marxism-Christianity


 
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1. Title Title of document 12. Badiou and the Origins of Marxism-Christianity - Critical Theory and Early Christianity
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Crossley; St Mary's University; United Kingdom
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; Philosophy
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, Judith Butler; Early Christian Thought; Critical Theory
 
5. Subject Subject classification Early Christian Thought; History of Ideas; Critical Theory
 
6. Description Abstract This chapter will look at Alain Badiou’s understanding of Event, love, and Paul to analyze critically, with some help from anarchist critiques of Marxism, “revolutionary” understandings of Christian origins. Playing with Badiou’s comparison between Jesus and Paul, on the one hand, and Marx and Lenin, on the other, it will show how, despite the obvious anachronisms, the idea of some kind of radical Event in Palestine is assumed and developed by Paul in the consolidation of the Jesus movement across the Eastern Mediterranean. This movement, whether explicitly or indifferently, provided an alternative power structure to Rome and can be compared with other “revolutionary” moments in its destabilizing notions of class, race, and gender. But, as critics from Bakunin onward have stressed (as would postcolonial critics), such movements typically have the seed of their own brand of imperialism and “dictatorship” which function as part of their survival mechanism. This essay will finish by looking as the letters of John and their concept of love as an example of bolstering the foundations for Christian vanguardism, the unwritten or unspoken next stage of Badiou’s thinking of Christian origins.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2021
 
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/30155
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30155
 
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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