Introduction: From the Presence to the Sing

Karmen Mackendrick

in Divine Enticement

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242894
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242931 | DOI:
Introduction: From the Presence to the Sing

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The introduction situates the idea of seductive theology in the history of apophasis and of the intersections of theology with semiotics. Through a sketch of relevant semiotic theory in late ancient, medieval, and contemporary thought, it argues that signs do not simply and finitely refer, but also entice. A world in which everything reads as divine sign (a common late ancient and Medieval conception) is one in which we are infinitely drawn toward the sacred. There is a brief discussion of the use of the term “seduction,” close to Baudrillard's sense that seduction is always about signs, but with greater emphasis on its infinite or uncloseable character. The enticement itself is sacred; we do not reach and rest in a divine entity. This claim is linked to the peculiar semiotic character of naming in the theological context, arguing for a divine name that calls or evokes more than it designates.

Keywords: Apophasis; Semiotics; Seduction; Theology; Umberto Eco; Augustine; Valentinus; Jean Baudrillard; Roland Barthes

Chapter.  12706 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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