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Would a Progressive Christianity be a Post-Metaphysical Christianity?

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Based on my post on the Facebook group of the International Journal of Zizek Studies.

There are many ways to approach a progressive and secular reading of Christianity. One that is post-metaphysical in terms of 'not considering Christianity's metaphysical language as being a question of fact,' but not necessarily metaphysical in terms of renouncing some kind of 'chastened' hermeneutics of metaphysics as a symbolic, figurative, poetic and aesthetic response to actual human concerns.

Consider Zizek's Lacanian (non/)vision of a fundamental 'gap' at the center of reality.

How plausible might it be to say that the life of Jesus demonstrates the exhaustion of the Patriarchal law (threat/promise?)

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Jesus was always reticent to 'show us the father.'

His inability to fully connect with The Father and bring about the true 'fulness' and 'fulfilment' of the Messianic Age is of the very essence (!) of the Christian 'revelation.'

This 'apokalupsis' or 'unveiling' is essentially drawing a side a curtain to reveal... nothing. In other words: to miss the Father is to find him.

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To fail to find God is to find God.

'God' is not so much a presence as an absence. But this absence is brimful of potentiality; it is not an empty zero, but the tangential point between zero and infinity.

What new meanings and interpretations can a perennially disenchanted age and historical trajectory bring to these ancient truths and realities?


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