Here is a new book that Milbank, Zizek and I wrote, which will be published in the Fall by Brazos Press. This book examines how Paul gives us the coordinates to breakout of the deadlock of liberal identity politics and into universalism. This very paradigm has given the foundations on which all subsequent revolutionary gestures are indebted.
Recent studies on Paul in Continental philosophy are simply not radical enough and are not true to the radical logic that is unleashed in the wake of the Incarnation of the God-Man–Jesus Christ. In this study we make it clear that taking Paul seriously will radically restructure Continental philosophy and the future of Christian Theology.
The book unfolds in three parts.
First Milbank attacks Agamben’s view of Paul (which puts the latter in an impossible dilemma from which there is no escape). Zizek then discusses the universal truth to Paul’s own “Truth-Event” (avec et sans Badiou) and I, drawing on Stanislaw Breton, discuss the movement of Paul and subtraction from Socrates to Hegel. Here the idea is that Paul’s universalism inheres in the movement of negation beyond Death and thus is joined to philosophy’s destiny.
In the second section, Paul is joined to the cosmic liturgical movement, which is interpreted by Zizek as the birth of the Church in the Spirit (and in the wake of the death of God in Christ). In this section Catherine Pickstock contributes an extraordinary essay on Paul and the Liturgy and I connect up Paul’s subtractive ontology with Christian worship.
In the third and final section, Milbank engages Alain Badiou and Zizek discusses the future of Christianity in the wake of “Paul’s New Moment.”