In the previous post, I presented a quick overview of Zizek’s materialist theology, and began a critique of it. Before you read this post you should read the first one, since without the context of the first post of this series you won’t really understand what it is I am arguing against.
Zizek often quotes Melville Bartleby who takes the stance “I would prefer not to” as a philosophical stance against (psudo?) ethical individualistic demands put on us by ideology. I agree with Zizek here, but in the face of the Death of God, this mantra must be taken to the end and included. A clear example of Zizek’s naivety when it comes to not taking the “I would prefer not to” to the end is found in his book “Living in the end times” where he talks about growing tensions in the Netherlands between the Gay community and the Muslim immigrant community who are more and more homophobic. Zizek says in Location 3182 (kindle version) in “Living in the End Times”:
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I’m a huge fan of Slavoj Zizek, both as a philosopher and as an ideological critic. I think his pointing out of assumptions that modern society holds without realizing they hold them is important for our age, an age where it’s common to believe that we are purely rational, we have transcended religion, and we are more enlightened and free thinking than ever, as Zizek often points out, things are more complicated. When it comes to theology, I think Zizek’s insights are interesting, I’ve written on them before, however they are problematic. Zizek, in his theology, tries to build up a Materialist Theology, not along the lines of the ultra-liberals like John Shelby Spong, but rather along Lacanian lines mixed with his brand of Hegelianism. In order to understand his theology we have to understand how he defines God. In his book “the Monstrocity of Christ” he gives the definition of what God means to him in his materialist theology (Location 3966 on the Kindle):
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The Machine gun filled with blanks approach to Trinitarian Apologetics.
I recently read a series of blog posts talking about texts compiled by Dr. Horrel of DTS (and other theologians), 117 of them in all, that supposedly support the doctrine of the Trinity. I call this the Machine gun filled with blacks approach to Trinitarian Apologetics because, like a machine gun, many arguments and texts are shot out, but each one ends up being a blank. In other words each one isn’t really an argument for the trinity, it’s a text which only supports the trinity when bound with all sorts of unfounded assumptions, so in the end none of the bullets actually hit. 0+0+0 117 times, or even a million times, still =0. Here are some assumptions made:
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