Political Demonology: On Modern Marcionism

Political Demonology: On Modern Marcionism

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Overview

""The structural core problem of the Gnostic dualism between the god of creation and the god of redemption governs not only every religion of salvation and redemption. It is immanently given in every world in need of change and renewal, inescapably and ineradicably. The lord of a world in need of change, that is, a misconceived world and the liberator, the creator of a transformed, new world cannot be good friends. They are, so to speak, enemies by definition.""
Whether Theodor W. Adorno and Walter Benjamin, or Erich Auerbach and Hans Blumenberg, Ernst Bloch and Jacob Taubes, or Carl Schmitt (cited above)--all of them have been more or less fascinated or awed by the dualistic theology of St. Paul's disciple Marcion, and have as prominently and as differently referred to him. Already Adolf von Harnack, author of the Marcion monograph that even today sets the standard, was aware of the timeliness of his research object, in view of a modern Marcionism, right after the First World War.

""Richard Faber's book on Political Demonology is a classic account of modern Marcionism within the German philosophical heritage of Auerbach, Bloch, Schmitt, and others that manages to both deal with the issues in depth but also to make them comprehensible. This is not an easy task in political theology and this version, a translation by Therese Feiler and Michael Mayo, casts light into the darkness of demonology.""
--Peter Thompson, Research Associate at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London

Richard Faber is Senior Lecturer (Privatdozent) and Honorary Professor of Sociology, especially the Sociology of (Literary) Religion, at the Freie Universitat Berlin. He has published widely on the occidental movement, humanism, political theology, atheism, fascism, and the 1968 cultural revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498201292
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2018
Pages: 146
Sales rank: 813,435
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

Richard Faber is Senior Lecturer (Privatdozent) and Honorary Professor of Sociology, especially the Sociology of (Literary) Religion, at the Freie Universitat Berlin. He has published widely on the occidental movement, humanism, political theology, atheism, fascism, and the 1968 cultural revolution.

Table of Contents

Translators' Introduction vii

Preface xxi

I Humilitas qua Sublimitas: Erich Auerbach's Sociology of Literary Religion in the Context of Modern Marcionism 1

1 Auerbach, Bloch, and Taubes 1

2 Auerbach and Adorno 18

II Atheism in Christianity-Christianity in Atheism: Ernst Bloch's Revolutionary Marcionism 29

1 A Polar Differentiation in the Concept of Atheism 29

2 Not a Neo-Paganism 32

3 A Humanist, Materialist, and Socialist Atheism 36

4 Social-Revolutionary Judaism and Christianity 41

5 Modern Marcionism 49

6 Atheism in Heretical Christianity and Christianity in Revised Marxism 54

7 Meta-Enlightenment 57

8 Utopian and Militant This-Worldliness 61

9 The Optimism of a Realist 64

III Political Demonology: On the Counter-Revolutionary Marcionism of Carl Schmitt and Others 69

Introduction 69

1 The Counter-Revolutionary Apocalypticism of Donoso Cortés and Carl Schmitt 73

2 The Roman Catholic and Roman-Atheist Counter-Revolution, Especially Charles Mauras's 79

3 Euhemeristic Theism, or Rather: Catholic Atheism 86

4 Church-State Dualism 92

5 A Permanent Katechontic as much as Augustan State of Siege 96

6 Pro-Roman Anti-Judaism and Anti-Christianity, in Particular Carl Schmitt's 99

Excursus I "Nemo contra deum nisi deus ipse": Against Hans Blumenberg's Political Poly-Theology 105

Excursus II The Cock: A contribution to the political-theological heraldry of the Bible and its re-writings 117

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