By Slavoj Žižek, John Milbank
What concerns isn't rather a lot that iek is endorsing a demythologized, dissatisfied Christianity with no transcendence, as that he's supplying after all (despite what he occasionally claims) a heterodox model of Christian belief.
To positioned it much more bluntly, my declare is that it truly is Milbank who's successfully accountable of heterodoxy, eventually of a regression to paganism: in my atheism, i'm extra Christian than Milbank.
during this nook, thinker Slavoj iek, who represents the critical-materialist stance opposed to religion's illusions; within the different nook, "radical orthodox" theologian John Milbank, an influential and provocative philosopher who argues that theology is the one beginning upon which wisdom, politics, and ethics can stand. within the Monstrosity of Christ, iek and Milbank pass nose to nose for 3 rounds, utilising a powerful arsenal of strikes to increase their positions and press their respective merits. by means of the remaining bell, they've got confirmed themselves worthwhile adversaries--and have additionally proven that religion and cause will not be easily and intractably opposed.
iek has lengthy been drawn to the emancipatory capability provided via Christian theology. And Milbank, seeing worldwide capitalism because the new century's maximum moral problem, has driven his personal ontology in additional political and materialist instructions. Their debate in The Monstrosity of Christ matters not anything lower than the way forward for faith, secularity, and political wish in mild of a monsterful event—God changing into human. For the 1st time seeing that iek's flip towards theology, we now have a real debate among an atheist and a theologian concerning the very that means of theology, Christ, the Church, the Holy Ghost, universality, and the rules of common sense. the outcome is going a long way past the popularized atheist/theist point/counterpoint of modern books through Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and others.
iek starts off, and Milbank solutions, countering dialectics with "paradox." the talk facilities at the nature of and relation among paradox and parallax, among analogy and dialectics, among transcendent glory and liberation.
Short Circuits sequence, edited through Slavoj iek