The Faith of the Faithless
Experiments in Political Theology


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The Faith of the Faithless
Experiments in Political Theology

by Simon Critchley (Author)



ISBN: 9781844677375


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Investigation into the dangerous interdependence of politics and religion.

The return to religion has perhaps become the dominant cliche of contemporary theory, which rarely offers anything more than an exaggerated eco of a political reality dominated by religious war. Somehow, the secular age seems to have been replaced by a new era, where political action flows directly from metaphysical conflict. The Faith of the Faithless asks how we might respond. Following Critchley's Infinitely Demanding, this new book builds on its philosophical and political framework, also venturing into the questions of faith, love, religion and violence. Should we defend a version of secularism and quietly accept the slide into a form of theism - or is there another way? From Rousseau's political and religion to the return of St. Paul in Taubes, Agamben and Badiou, via explorations of politics and original sin in the work of Schmitt and John Gray, Critchley examines whether there can be a faith of the faithless, a belief for unbelievers. Expanding on his debate with Slavoj Zizek, Critchley concludes with a meditation on the question of violence, and the limits of non-violence.


ISBN 1844677370
ISBN13 9781844677375
Publisher Verso Books
Format Hardback
Publication date 01/02/2012
Pages 288
Weight (grammes) 576
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 203
Width (mm) 140