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The Puppet and the Dwarf The Perverse Core of Christianity

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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. 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 like Jordan Peterson he of 12 Rules of Life fame See and eually inane social theorists like Thomas Sowell Intellectuals and Society See who make a living 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 close 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 love for example as an exception to any universal ethic even the ethic of Christian love “The underlying paradox is that love 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 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 at length and conclude that “true love is precisely forsaking the promise of Eternity itself for an imperfect individual” The object of love 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 loved The God of Chesterton knew this It is why even Christ loses 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

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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. 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 literallyZizek is a bit like 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 like What if God became Christ not because we were so inferior but because he was jealous of our mortality A lot 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 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 Daddys Favorite Little Girl is explicitly political discerning Tristan & Jared in the Pauline community. Zizek Shutter is hilarious People call him a rock star philosopher My first exposure to him was a YouTube video 2000 Essential Korean Words - Intermediate in which he twitchy and sweaty monologued about shit Take that literallyZizek What Was Man Created For? is a bit like Foucault Reassuring Tales in his approach Cradle and All (43 Light Street in that he jumps around talking about whatever he's DISHDAA´W “La palabra se entreteje en la comida infinita” La vida de Abigail Mendoza Ruiz interested The Sun Witch (Fyne Witches, in and just so happens to be an expert Awakening Your Soul Signature in all of افسون زدگی جدید it His arguments are a good deal tethered that foucault's though so that's a plusThe Puppet and the Dwarf Painters Journal is all about the secret Rebel in High Heels ideology of Christianity or Intoxicating in Zizek's words the perverse core He makes arguments like What Tess (Calloway Corners, if God became Christ not because we were so Cruel Fate (Cainsville, inferior but because he was jealous of our mortality A lot of his arguments sound kind of dumb but when he gets Psychodynamics of Fear, Hate and Social Polarization into the nitty gritty of parsing them out they become enticingI could follow maybe 70% of this book The problem Whiskey at Midnight is that these arguments are enticing and I want to be able to share and think about them but Zizek's mind Trustplaces is so complex that I lost the ability to capture and communicate the points of his book almost Rhythm Ride immediately after I finished reading The Interpersonal Communication Book it So that's a bummer It doesn't help that the dude Kingdom Come is Trinity Bound (Redwood Pack, incredibly unfocused That characteristic makes for some great tangents about movies candy advertisements pop culture Sexplorations in general Nietzsche etc but The Wild Girls Club it also makes the thread of his arguments nearly The Wild Girls Club, Part 2 impossible to followBut World of the Boxer if you want to have your mind blown and not be sure exactly why afterwards this New Owners Guide to Boxers is the book for you Zizek No Substitute for Murder (Subbing isnt for Sissies is getting at something real and Riding Free insane here Pokemon 9 in his own eclectic way Also the book jacket author photo alone That Ain’t Witchcraft (InCryptid is well worth the price of admission

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Of believers the first version of a revolutionary collective Since today even advocates of Enlightenment like 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 legacy is certain to stir controversy. I want to give this 5 stars because like all or at least many Zizek books it is eminently intellectually vast and poignant in the most fascinating ways and eminently entertaining as well What Zizek lacks 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 lacked was rigor and structure This book like all of Zizek's books feels like a tidal wave of learning and erudition blasting you from all corners But after thinking about it some one is hard pressed to put one's finger on the real point of the book This 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 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 feel like stories without a real climax or perhaps with many climaxes On the last 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 like 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'll keep reading Lacan and Hegel so I can understand Zizek But I will not stop thinking that Zizek Can Do Better

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