The reconstruction of the historical emergence of early Christianity, Bradley H. McLean argues, is constrained by traditional assumptions about the social, cultural and religious structures of the Greco-Roman world, which deny the genesis, ...
Author: Bradley H. McLean
"Expanding the impact of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's philosophy on Christian theology, this original study makes the case for understanding early Christianity through key Deleuzio-Guattarian ideas about machines and multiplicity, using the theoretical tool of schizoanalysis to do so. The reconstruction of the historical emergence of early Christianity, Bradley H. McLean argues, is constrained by traditional assumptions about the social, cultural and religious structures of the Greco-Roman world, which deny the genesis, change and transformation that characterises early Christianity in the first and second centuries CE. To capture this dynamic period, McLean pinpoints Guattari's concept of 'machinic processes' as ripe for application to the origins of early Christianity. Arguing that machines are both an unnoticed dimension of early Christianity, and a major analytical tool for the discipline, McLean highlights the potential to challenge and reconfigure not just our knowledge of early Christianity, but aspects of Hellenistic Judaism, the Greco-Roman world itself, and the life of Jesus of Nazareth. By theorising a way to resist any one totalizing voice in Christian formation and theology, the potential to facilitate new forms of dialogue and cooperation between Christians and co-religionists is realised in a dynamic application of the 'machinic process' and the schizoanalytic approach."--
By subverting the concept of a single transcendental or historical origin of Christianity, this book facilitates new forms of dialogue and cooperation between Christians and co-religionists.
Author: Bradley H. McLean
Expanding the impact of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's philosophy to the disciplines of Christian Origins and Christian theology, this original study makes the case for understanding early Christianity through such Deleuzioguattarian concepts as the 'rhizome', the 'machine', the 'body without organs' and the 'multiplicity', using the theoretical tool of schizoanalysis to do so. The reconstruction of the historical emergence of early Christianity, Bradley H. McLean argues, has been constrained by traditional assumptions about its historical and transcendental origins. These assumptions are ill-suited to theorizing the genesis, change and transformation of early Christianity in the first three centuries of the Common Era. To capture the dynamism of early Christianity, McLean applies Guattari's concept of the 'machine', to the analysis of early Christianity. Arguing that machines are both an unnoticed dimension of early Christianity, and a major analytical tool for the discipline, McLean highlights the potential of the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari to challenge and reconfigure not just our knowledge of early Christianity, but all aspects of Hellenistic Judaism, and the Greco-Roman world, as well as our understanding of Jesus of Nazareth and the Jesus movement. By subverting the concept of a single transcendental or historical origin of Christianity, this book facilitates new forms of dialogue and cooperation between Christians and co-religionists.
79 In the work of Deleuze and Guattari, assemblages refer to the machinic forms, emergent composites of parts, ... in and out of relation to the machine and its constituent parts.80 Each shift in the relation, size, position, intensity, ...
Author: Cavan W. Concannon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The story of a forgotten early Christian bishop and his emergent network of churches along ancient Mediterranean trade routes.
While war bands such as that of Genghis Khan are represented as war machines for Deleuze and Guattari, ... As for religion being conceptualized as war machine, one need only consider early Christianity, when followers of Jesus of ...
Author: Robert Fagley
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Bachelors, Bastards, and Nomadic Masculinity is, firstly, a thematic exploration of bachelor figures and male bastards in literary works by Guy de Maupassant and André Gide. The coupling of Maupassant and Gide is appropriate for such an analysis, not only because of their mutual treatment of illegitimacy, but also because each writer represents varieties of bachelors and bastards from disparate social classes and subcultures, each writing during contiguous moments of socio-legal changes particularly related to divorce law and women’s rights, which consequently have great influence on the legal destiny of illegitimate or “natural” children. Napoleon’s Civil Code of 1804 provides the legal (patriarchal) framework for the period of this study of illegitimacy, from about 1870 to 1925. The Civil Code saw numerous changes during this period. The Naquet Law of 1884, which reestablished limited legal divorce, represents the central socio-legal event of the turn of the century in matters of legitimacy, whereas the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the First World War furnish chronological bookends for this book. Besides through history, law, and sociology, this book treats illegitimacy through the lens of various branches of gender and sexual theory, particularly the study of masculinities, and a handful of other important critical theories, most importantly those of Michel Foucault, Eve Sedgwick, Todd Reeser, Charles Stivale, and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Bachelors and bastards are two principal players in the representation of illegitimacy in Maupassant and Gide, but this study considers the theme of illegitimacy as extended beyond simple questions of legitimate versus illegitimate children. The male bastard is only one of the "Counterfeit" characters examined in these authors' fictional texts. This book is divided into three parts which consider specific thematic elements of their "bastard narratives". Part One frames the representation in fiction of bachelor figures and how they contribute to, or the roles they play in, instances of illegitimacy. Part Two springs from and develops the metaphor of the "counterfeit coin," whether represented by a bastard son, an affected schoolboy, a false priest, or a pretentious littérateur. Part Three explains the concept of "nomadic masculine" practices; such practices include nomadic styles of masculinity development as well as the bastard's nomadism.
As we've seen, not only does the deviance-detection aspect of the abstract machine of faciality preclude a binary ... Deleuze and Guattari are also interested in the role that Christianity has played in history, but they address it in a ...
Author: Brent Adkins
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Using clear language and numerous examples, each chapter of this guide analyses an individual plateau from Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus, interpreting the work for students and scholars.
At the same time he explores Deleuze and Guattari's most urgent political question, which is 'how can we continue to be pious?', in the context of an endlessly deferred eschaton, the last period of history. In Chapter 6, Inna Semetsky ...
Author: F. LeRon Shults
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This volume brings together some of the leading voices in the field of Deleuze studies to explore – and practice – a variety of approaches to the schizoanalysis of religion. The authors share an enthusiasm for applying Deleuze and Guattari's schizoanalytic project to “religion,” but they display significantly different ways of carrying out its creative and destructive tasks. As a whole, the book addresses the relevance of Deleuze for contemporary developments in political theology, liberation theology, Christian doctrine, and the recent growth of interest in spirituality and atheism. Opening up new lines of flight for Deleuze studies, Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Religion makes rhizomic connections that will be of interest to scholars in other fields including theology, psychology of religion, philosophy of religion and the history and practice of Western esotericism.
Author: Petra Carlsson RedellPublish On: 2020-10-05
With Deleuze and Guattari's machine concepts, as well as Haraway's critique of the abstract aspects of their ... This is an understanding of Christ that nonetheless includes the face, as well as the early Christian symbol of the wheel.
Author: Petra Carlsson Redell
Theological thought has long been focused on the meaning to be found in our existence, but it has tended to neglect what it might offer to those seeking how to prolong and improve our physical existence in this world. In conversation with twentieth-century materialist art and thought, this book presents a radical theology that engages directly with the political and ecological issues of our time. The book introduces a new thinker to the theological sphere, Russian avantgarde artist Liubov Popova (1889–1924). She was a woman acknowledged for her artistic and intellectual talent and yet is never discussed in relation to the twentieth-century thinkers with whom her ideas have obvious connections. Popova’s art and thought are discussed together with thinkers like Walter Benjamin, Donna Haraway, Gilles Deleuze and Paul Tillich, along with ecotheological and theopolitical perspectives. Inspired by the activist creativity of avantgarde art, the book’s final chapter, playfully yet with deadly seriousness, presents a manifesto for radical theology today. This is a work of theological activism that demonstrates the benefit of allowing new voices into the conversations around art, spirituality and our planet. As such, it will be of keen interest to academics in Theology, Religion and the Arts and the Philosophy of Religion.
Deleuze and Guattari see in the formation of this first monotheism the interiorisation of a point of subjectivity, a hidden God, ... regimes of signs further to explain how they reinforce one another with the appearance of Christianity.
Author: Anne Sauvagnargues
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Across 13 essays "e; 12 of which were previously unavailable in English "e; Deleuze specialist Anne Sauvagnargues reveals the continuing potential of Deleuze, Guattari and Simondon to invent new concepts and new modes of creativity and existence. She redeploys their work, together with other key philosophers including Bergson, Lacan, Deligny and Ruyer, to create new concepts including geophilosophy, the artmachine, the ritornello, schizoanalysis and the machinic assemblage.
Deleuze, G. and Guattari F., 1998. A Thousand Plateaus. ... Why Religion Is giving Way to Spirituality. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Hyde, B., 2008. ... The Ghost in the Machine. London: Hutchinson and Company.
Author: Arniika Kuusisto
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Understanding the place of religion in Early Childhood Education and Care is of critical importance for the development of cultural literacy and plays a key role in societal coherence and inclusion. This international handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the place of religion in the societal educational arenas of the very youngest children across the globe. Drawing together contributions from leading international experts across disciplinary backgrounds, it offers a critical view of how to approach the complexities around the place of religion in Early Childhood Education and Care. Through its four parts, the book examines the theoretical, methodological, policy and practice perspectives and explores the complex intersections of transmission of "cultural heritage" and "national values" with the diverse, changing societal contexts. Each chapter contributes to an increased understanding of how the place of religion in Early Childhood Education and Care can be understood across continents, countries and educational systems. The Routledge International Handbook of the Place of Religion in Early Childhood Education and Care is an essential resource for academics, researchers, students and practitioners working in Early Childhood Education, Sociology of Childhood, Religious Education and other related fields
Desire and its object are one and the same thing: the machine, as a machine of a machine. Desire is a machine, and the object of desire is another machine connected to it (Deleuze and Guattari 1983:26). Organ-izing the Christian Body ...
Author: George Aichele
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This Guide surveys the more important historical, socio-cultural, theological, and literary factors we must grapple with in understanding the two letters of Jude and Second Peter, between which there are very strong similarities. It appears that the letter of Jude was almost entirely 'plagiarized' by the letter of Second Peter. George Aichele's main approach is the method of semiotics, examining signifying mechanisms in each of the texts both independently and when they are read together. In both of the letters, Jesus Christ is called the 'master', with a Greek word that means 'slave-owner', and the authors of both books refer to themselves and other Christians as the slaves of Christ. Furthermore, both writings report situations of paranoid fear within Christian communities of their time as they picture heretical infiltrators who threaten to pervert and perhaps even destroy the community. In addition to this, in an adventurous excursion, the letter of Jude is read intertextually with the classic science fiction/horror film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Siegel 1956), in order to explore the dynamics of paranoia.