11. Towards a Vulgar Marxist Reading of Christian Origins Today

Critical Theory and Early Christianity - Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler - Matthew G. Whitlock

James Crossley [+-]
St Mary's University, London
James Crossley is Professor of Bible, Culture and Politics at St Mary’s University, London, and Academic Director of the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements for the Panacea Charitable Trust. His is author of numerous publications on Christian origins and religion in English politics, including Cults, Martyrs and Good Samaritans: Religion in Contemporary English Political Discourse (Pluto, 2018).

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James Crossley provides a deliberately anachronistic reading of the origins of Christianity through a comparison with Marxist revolutions, Marxist readings of revolutions, Marxist revolutionaries, and Marxism after the revolution. While the comparison is absurdist, it can still give us an insight into the ways in which political movements survive, adapt, and transform—including the movement that would become Christianity. The essay gives some consideration to the recent political events and the revival (and now fall?) of left-wing movements.

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Crossley, James. 11. Towards a Vulgar Marxist Reading of Christian Origins Today. Critical Theory and Early Christianity - Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. May 2022. ISBN 9781781794135. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30155. Date accessed: 21 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30155. May 2022

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