E been no sin and no Law there also would have been no oveAdam s sin is redeemed by Christ But what was the significance of the coming of Christ Had the material world changed Not so much It was the introduction of a revelatory perspective We rise from the Fall not by undoing its effects but in recognizing the Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements longed foriberation in the Fall itself The true event that time in the future which we may jokingly refer to as revolution weather will never come insofar as it is already here waiting for its recognition In Christ we realize our Salvation which has merely been misrecognized as the Fall of man This sort of revelation is what founds new schools of thought which rejuvenates and reconfigures the idea of what is possible in societyZizek makes the point in what other religions do we find God himself in self doubtIt is preposterous to think that I can identify myself with the divine bliss only when I experience the infinite pain of separation from God do I share an experience with God Himself Christ on the CrossThus what was a pure God in Judaism becomes fractured in Christianity a split in God Himself which provides an opening for Love The fact that Christ was the The Clock Without a Face last Adam properly explains the infinite joy beneath the deceptive caricaturesue surface of guilt and renunciation What follows is Zizek s reversal of Dostoyevsky s famous saying from Crime and Punishment Without God everything is permitted No rather With God everything is permitted Without God there is simple cause and effect a menacing give and take This of course is a complicated idea On the one hand the name of God allows for the justification of heinous crimes it also allows for divine interruptions in theifeworld such as forgiveness and silence among many of the finest things known to humankindIn Lacanian terms of course this fracturing that provides an opening for Love is analogous to the imagination which tears into the fabric of the real Against Kant the real is not some horrible nothingness behind the veil Through Hegel it is the horror of speculation that the veil conceals something terrifying that is the true veil that Captives of the Private House last veil to be cast aside we must pass through the night of the world in order to realize a different order Language does not name or designate noumenal objects as much as it digs a hole into the real opening up a space for the visible creating a dimension of the seen and unseen In thisight the unity of the Trinity is the pain of the real the permanent separation between Christ and God the Holy GhostIn the beginning of the book Zizek promotes the Love through subtraction of Christianity against the popular Western Buddhist notion that to find Enlightenment one turns inwardly to an all effacing nothingness essentially a withdrawal This withdrawal actualizes as a rather pathetic acceptance that the world is what it is that essentially nothing changes In such a state one prefers the serenity of the void Could this ever be Love For Zizek no not properly speaking as Love is that stubborn privileging of what one conditional thing over all other conditional things The Buddhist stance is one of indifference as a result of distancing yourself from passions while Christian Teaspoon and an Open Mind love introduces difference articulatingove through a violent imagination which privileges one object against others by tearing it out of its contextThis has conseuences for activism Truly radical thought can only be Based On Love This Elevation Of An Idea Which Violently on Love this elevation of an idea which violently it from its context its truth A Celtic Miscellany lying in its perspective As a result true knowledge is only accessible from an interested partial position Truth is a perspective provided its interested The truth is the truth of the perspectival distortion not something pure which is sullied by a one sided argumentApart from all this Zizek by examining Bataille has a great bit on transgression that cuddly thing is notonger effective when the Father tells you not only to enjoy yourself ike a capitalist hedonist but to tell you how it went afterwards such is the society we are iving today The true way forward would involve escaping from the aw of transgression or a romance of the moment of rupture and realize the Law for what it is that which intervenes destabilizes and is essentially excessive This echoes what I have heard Zizek remind his readers time and time again sure we know about revolution but what about the morning afterI plead ignorant "on matters of Theology and on most things as a matter of fact but this was an incredible journey nevertheless "matters of Theology and on most things as a matter of fact but this was an incredible journey nevertheless is a controversial theorist of iterature film and pop culture whose areas of expertise range from rigorous philosophy through political science and most interestingly Lacanian psychoanalysis This book which is both very technical and unusually readable reads The Culture Code like an interdisciplinary discussion on theology viewed through every conceivableens He Banish Clutter Forever looks at theology through the eyes of Hegel Lacan and Marx and finds an intrinsic subversive core at the center of Christian thought The author s aim is to argue that not merely that the subversive kernel of Christianity is accessible also to a materialist approach my thesis is This book was so good I began reading it again from the beginning as soon as I finished I m really glad I had tackled In Defense of Lost Causes first since it prepared me with theingo and some of the Lacanian basics Many of the points made In Fact Some Of The Same Sentences From Lost Causes fact some of the same sentences from Lost Causes first in Puppet and the Dwarf This is because Zizek is always making or Stolen Magic (Stardust, less the same points or maybe just point singular Not exactly hostile to my religion of Christianity the perverse of the title is not the same as perverted it nevertheless diverges irreconcilably from my own beliefs around chapter 7 But what a wild ride until that point Definitely got me toook at Paul in a new The Billionaire Daddy light. Of believers the first version of a revolutionary collective Since today even advocates of Enlightenmentike Jurgen Habermas acknowledge that a religious vision is needed to ground our ethical and political stance in a postsecular age this book with a stance that is clearly materialist and at the same time indebted to the core of the Christian egacy is certain to stir controversy. .
READ The Puppet and the Dwarf The Perverse Core of ChristianityThis perhaps is also the most important ethics Stronger lesson of the twentieth century we should abandon all ethical arrogance and humbly acknowledge howucky we are to be able to act ethicallyThe Puppet and the Dwarf is dear i ek at his best I do favor his political and cultural projects Those other sorties into ontology and associated HegelianLacanian practices tend to baffle me The point of departure here is a stand against the vulgar and boring atheism of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens I can see that Atheism remains self evident telling the believer that such is horseshit isn t very productive and not that interesting not any anywayWhat proceeds is a series of approaches to the Epistles of St Paul and how the framing nature of Genesis and the Passion are necessary to further the narrative It is this anxiety between the Law especially of Christianity s Jewish predecessors and Love results in a sort of anxiety This allows its excesses its forays its forbidden indulgence in the Pagan i ek ties this in nicely with Tolkien s middle earth chronicles Somewhere down the road through the fables of Job and the atheistic recriminations of Jesus on the cross we arrive at the effective foible of Mutually Assured Doctrine it succeeded precisely because we are such irrational agents Here s to the holidays and merry matters Loss (Gus Dury, left unsaid Immediately after reading this book I read it again This week I finished reading it for the third time I don t have the prereuisite knowledge to truly understand this book I think Il read his book on Lacan since Lacan seems to be the person who has influenced him the most Why did I read this book three times while mastering perhaps half the ideas in the book What I do understand is profound entertaining and thought provoking Some day unless I run out of time I The Last Rite (Danilov Quintet, ll try again to understand this author I m still reading Zizek but I can t wait until I m finished to comment aittle I forgot until I saw him on youtube Zizek on Lov Creative BetrayalIf confirmation of the merits of good philosophical thought were needed this book is than adeuate to make the point conclusively I find much of Zizek s work somewhat tedious but his arguments in The Puppet and the Dwarf are the euivalent of rapid fire body blows to inane conservative pundits Alacrity (Illumine, like Jordan Peterson he of 12 Rules of Life fame See and eually inane social theoristsike Thomas Sowell Intellectuals and Society See who make a iving by peddling non thought to non thinkers ideology for idiotsZizek calls his method short circuiting that is bringing areas of thought which are usually insulated from one another into contact and watching the sparks fly His stated intention is not to rubbish anyone s point of view but to reveal a inclusive picture of the world in which various points of view create something new something bigger not just in the sense of explanation but also in the sense of promoting human understanding and solidarity He makes this operational by allowing people to become aware of another disturbing side of something he or she knew all the time This is not tendentious indoctrination I think it is as he or she knew all the time This is not tendentious indoctrination I think it is as as one can get to supervised self educationSo for example Zizek self identifies as an atheistic materialist But he also has a profoundly poetic appreciation of religion particularly Christianity that rivals most theologians By allowing these two currents of thought to touch he transforms both His central thesis captures the result My claim here is not merely that I am a materialist through and through and that the subversive kernel of Christianity is accessible also to a materialist approach my thesis is much stronger this kernel is accessible only to a materialist approach and vice versa to become a true dialectical materialist one should go through the Christian experience His intention is not to relativise Christianity but to make it real For Zizek going through the Christian experience doesn t imply abandoning it as obsolete but appreciating it for what it is How else is one to understand his explanation of Christian ove for example as an exception to any universal ethic even the ethic of Christian Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, love The underlying paradox is thatove precisely as the Absolute should not be posited as a direct goal it should retain the status of a byproduct of something we get as an undeserved grace Love or for that matter salvation is not a reward it is a conseuence of things Arnhem like respect and care and dedication And not necessarily a conseuence elicited from the direct object of our respect care and dedication Karl Barth arguably the most important theologian of the 20th century would agree wholeheartedly So Zizek can cite GK Chesterton approvingly atength and conclude that true Fitness for Living love is precisely forsaking the promise of Eternity itself for an imperfect individual The object ofove cannot be an abstraction even a divine abstraction it must be a concrete person and it must include flaws deficiencies and irritations Perfection cannot be Love Is Blind loved The God of Chesterton knew this It is why even Christoses his faith hanging on the cross And as Carl Jung noticed in his book on Job Yahweh had to have an audience an imperfect human audience to complete himself Many theologians as well as evangelical Christians could benefit immensely by contemplating this insightHaving recently read Reza Aslan s Zealot I am struck by its coincidence with Zizek s identification of the central message of Christianity which he captures succinctly in his subtitle the hidden perverse core of Christianity if it is prohibited to eat from the Tree of Knowledge in Paradise why did
*god put it *put it in the first place Is it not that this was a part of His perverse strategy first to seduce Adam and Eve into the Fall in order then to save them That is to say should one not apply Paul s insight into how the prohibitive aw creates. One of our most daring intellectuals offers a Lacanian interpretation of religion finding that early Christianity was the first revolutionary collectiveSlavoj Zizek has been called an academic rock star and the wild man of theory; his writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties In The Puppet and the Dwarf he offe. .
Sin to this very first prohibition also Is Judas not therefore the ultimate hero of the New Testament the one who was ready to ose his soul and accept eternal damnation so that the divine plan could be accomplished In all other religions God demands that His followers remain faithful to Him only Christ asked his followers to betray him in order to fulfill his mission Zizek and Aslan agree This paradoxical undermining of itself an almost Stalinist compulsion to destroy conventional culture the things that is which we believe but don t take seriously is the permanent messianism of Christianity It makes Christianity dangerous It created modernity by separating religion from politics Perhaps it is also implicitly creating post modernity by revealing the untenable conseuences of that separation The critic Harold Bloom has made his reputation on the idea of creative misinterpretation as not just the motive for The World in the Curl literary but also for political development Isn t this how Christianity and Judaism and Islam for that matter was created As Zizek claims Paul also betrayed Christ by not caring about his idiosyncrasies by ruthlessly reducing him to the fundamentals with no patience for his wisdom miracles and similar paraphernalia I think Zizek is following the same tradition of creative misinterpretation If he s not right ateast he s interesting Zizek is hilarious People call him a rock star philosopher My first exposure to him was a YouTube video in which he twitchy and sweaty monologued about shit Take that Connexity literallyZizek is a bitike Foucault in his approach in that he jumps around talking about whatever he s interested in and just so happens to be an expert in all of it His arguments are a good deal tethered that foucault s though so that s a plusThe Puppet and the Dwarf is all about the secret ideology of Christianity or in Zizek s words the perverse core He makes arguments A Personal Influence like What if God became Christ not because we were so inferior but because he was jealous of our mortality Aot of his arguments sound kind of dumb but when he gets into the nitty gritty of parsing them out they become enticingI could follow maybe 70% of this book The problem is that these arguments are enticing and I want to be able to share and think about them but Zizek s mind is so complex that I Americas First City lost the ability to capture and communicate the points of his book almost immediately after I finished reading it So that s a bummer It doesn t help that the dude is incredibly unfocused That characteristic makes for some great tangents about movies candy advertisements pop culture in general Nietzsche etc but it also makes the thread of his arguments nearly impossible to followBut if you want to have your mind blown and not be sure exactly why afterwards this is the book for you Zizek is getting at something real and insane here in his own eclectic way Also the book jacket author photo alone is well worth the price of admission I want to give this 5 stars becauseike all or at Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, least many Zizek books it is eminently intellectually vast and poignant in the most fascinating ways and eminently entertaining as well What Zizekacks is the rigor of some of his intellectual forebears I m thinking about Hegel here While Hegel was never easy to read by almost anyone s standards one thing he never Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women lacked was rigor and structure This bookike all of Zizek s books feels Charity Girl like a tidal wave ofearning and erudition blasting you from all corners But after thinking feels Alipio like a tidal wave ofearning and erudition blasting you from all corners But after thinking it some one is hard pressed to *put one s finger on the real point of the book *one s finger on the real point of the book is due in part to the fact that to really understand Zizek s arguments one must have a certain working knowledge of at the very Seducing Ingrid Bergman least Lacan and ideally Hegel as well as Kant and throw Schelling and Adorno and Horkheimer yes a strange triad in for good measure This is of course not something easy to come by But even with said knowlege Zizek s books feelike stories without a real climax or perhaps with many climaxes On the ast page of this book Zizek writes The real point of this book is To me that reeks of a college essay in serious need of a re write The problem is that pretty much every book he writes sort of feels ike this If Zizek would have opted for some of the rigor of Hegel at the expense of becoming a bit boring of a writer I d take it Zizek is well into his writing career and it is clear that these sort of stream of consciousness books without clear connections from one chapter to another is something that is going to stop I m sure his publishers will print whatever he tosses on their desk And I will continue to read Zizek with both affection and awe And I A Secret Place ll keep reading Lacan and Hegel so I can understand Zizek But I will not stop thinking that Zizek Can Do Better Three out of five stars 2 12 really This will be myast attempt at reading i ek As always there are interesting moments flashes of brilliance and witty pop culture references but they are stuck amongst the confusing muck of Lacan and it doesn t really seem come to anything substantial or of use in actual practice You d think an old eftist atheist writing on Christianity wouldn t have much to say beyond The Tired Old Pseudo Nietzschean tired old pseudo Nietzschean we ve all heard before Think again Zizek attempts to understand Christianity on its own terms rather than find or poke holes in its edifice Zizek has an excellent take on what makes the Christian project so special and why New Age Western Buddhism and privileging of the Other by way of Levinasian Judaism fall short of truly radical thinkingEssentially the thrust of his arguments hinge on Love and Christ that it was by introducing difference into the world that which causes so much antagonism that Love was is possible That in Himself God is incomplete Only by introducing temporality could eternity be realized if Adam had chosen obedience to God there would hav. Rs a close reading of today's religious constellation from the viewpoint of Lacanian psychoanalysis He critically confronts both predominant versions of today's spirituality New Age gnosticism and deconstructionist Levinasian Judaism and then tries to redeem the materialist kernel of Christianity His reading of Christianity is explicitly political discerning in the Pauline community. ,