Cultural Materiality and Spiritual Alienation: Blond, Nietzsche and Political Theological Materialism
2013 (English)In: Political Theology, ISSN 1462-317X, E-ISSN 1743-1719, Vol. 14, no 2, 219-234 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article takes its point of departure in Phillip Blond’s Christian criticism of secular materialisms and the failure of modern thought to appreciate the true materiality of creation. He challenges secular thought and returns to a combination of Greek and Christian Trinitarian thought, in order to reach for a new ground for political theology. Blond’s Christian ontological claims are contested, but an aspect of them is brought into the context of cultural creation and related to questions of the spiritual dimension of cultural arte- facts in a secular setting. Against the background of Friedrich Nietzsche’s struggle with the difficulty of singling out a pure secular culture from the old and (in his view) stifling religious heritage in society and culture, this article suggests that a radical notion of human intentional (but finite) cre- ation, analogous to Blond’s idea of God’s infinite creative intention, may be helpful for a construction of a materialistic critical theory about contingent spiritual obstacles to political change.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2013. Vol. 14, no 2, 219-234 p.
Phillip Blon, Christian artifacts, Christian ontology, inten- tional creation, Friedrich Nietzsche, philosophy of nature, physical culture, political theology, Gianni Vattimo
Research subject Systematic Theology and Studies in Worldviews
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