Slavoj Zizek, John Milbank and I have co-written a book (with a brilliant chapter added by Catherine Pickstock) on St. Paul, the Liturgy, and Political Theology (forthcoming by Brazos Press) This book’s basic thesis is that the Church (especially in the United States) has completely lost the radical edge of Christianity that both Jesus and St. Paul announced and in the wake of which the Church was founded by the work of the Holy Spirit. Instead, the Church has more and more appealed to an indifferent and consumeristic outlook that neutralizes a politics of the Event of Incarnation. St. Paul’s view of the Cross and Resurrection, this book argues, keeps alive a “subject of the Incarnational Event” that lives faithfully into the cosmic irruption. The logic of the Earth-Shattering Event is precisely what the Church has lost and replaces the radical politics of Love for the status quo. Consequently, the Bible and Church teachings too have been held captive to this the politics of indifference premised on keeping the Church “clean” from the stranger and the sinner–making it feel more comfortable and materially empty. So, in the final analysis this book re-focuses the Church’s need to resist a postmodern politics of indifference to the status quo and challenges the Church to embrace a politics of Love in the wake of the Incarnational Event of Christ’s death and resurrection.
The thesis will unfold in the following ways: First Zizek, Milbank, and Davis clarify the thesis in the Introduction. Then, Zizek (a militant atheist) spells out the very meaning of St. Paul (with and against Alain Badiou). Next, Davis will link up Zizek and Badiou’s idea of Paul by arguing for a subtractive movement of irruption that rekindles the radical nature of the Event in the Christian subject. Milbank then will engage the meaning of Biopolitics and how this relates to the Church’s past, present and future.
Pickstock grounds this thesis in the very act and practice of liturgy–the worship of the One true God. Finally, Zizek argues for the future of Christianity in relation to the work of the Holy Spirit.
This book will be available in about a year.