Come On, Humans, One More Effort if You Want to Be Post-Christians!

Thierry De Duve

in Political Theologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226443
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237043 | DOI:
Come On, Humans, One More Effort if You Want to Be               Post-Christians!

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This chapter offers a translation of central Christian and theological virtues (faith, hope, and love) into the republican triad of “liberty, equality, and fraternity”. It argues that the motto of the French Revolution takes charge of the three Christian maxims and that it is only by doing so that it opposes superstitious, unenlightened religiosity. This last idea is taken from Marcel Gauchet's The Disenchantment of the World, which defines Christianity as the religion of the exit from religion. The chapter reexamines how Mary's virginity-maternity has historically been privileged over Joseph's virginity-paternity—which, in accord with Jacques Lacan's “Christian translation of Freud”, he takes to symbolize the patriarchal fear concerning uncertain paternity tout court—and insists that the phallus, not unlike political sovereignty and its equivalents, is thus “a sign without any signified”.

Keywords: Christianity; Marcel Gauchet; virginity-maternity; faith; hope; love; liberty; equality; fraternity; exit from religion

Chapter.  11016 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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