9. Alain Badiou and Early Christian Texts
Critical Theory and Early Christianity - Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler - Matthew G. Whitlock
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Matthew G. Whitlock (PhD, The Catholic University of America, 2008) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Seattle University. His research focuses on Acts of the Apostles, the Apostle Paul, New Testament Poetry, Critical Theory, and Science Fiction. His publications have focused on topics ranging from New Testament poetry in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly to the Body Without Organs and Christianity in Deleuze and Guattari Studies. He is currently working on a book of dialectical images from the science fiction of Philip K. Dick and from the letters of the Apostle Paul.
This chapter discusses the life and work of Alain Badiou in the context of critical theory and early Christianity. The chapter follows Badiou’s own piece about his life: “Philosphy as Biography,” outlining nine key topics of his philosophy and life as they relate to early Christian studies: math and poetry, the Paris Commune and Pauline communities, the event, “the raw” in the present, hostile seduction, Marxism and the subject, love, Plato, Sartre and Lacan and Althusser. The chapter ends by summarizing the three essays in this section by Bruce Worthington, James Crossley, and Hollis Phelps, and suggests further research on Badiou’s ideas about the language of faith and their connection with early Christian texts.