Paul's Summons to Messianic Life: Political Theology and the Coming Awakening

Paperback | May 12, 2015

byL. Welborn

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Taubes, Badiou, Agamben, ?i?ek, Reinhard, and Santner have found in the Apostle Paul's emphasis on neighbor-love a positive paradigm for politics. By thoroughly reexamining Pauline eschatology, L. L. Welborn suggests that neighbor-love depends upon an orientation toward the messianic event, which Paul describes as the "now time" and which he imagines as "awakening." Welborn compares the Pauline dialectic of awakening to attempts by Hellenistic philosophers to rouse their contemporaries from moral lethargy and to the Marxist idea of class consciousness, emphasizing the apostle's radical spirit and moral relevance.

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Taubes, Badiou, Agamben, ?i?ek, Reinhard, and Santner have found in the Apostle Paul's emphasis on neighbor-love a positive paradigm for politics. By thoroughly reexamining Pauline eschatology, L. L. Welborn suggests that neighbor-love depends upon an orientation toward the messianic event, which Paul describes as the "now time" and w...

L. L. Welborn is professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Fordham University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pagesPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231171315

ISBN - 13:9780231171311

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PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Neighbor (a)2. Kairos (b)3. Awakening (c)4. Awakening (c')5. Kairos (b')6. Neighbor (a')7. CodaNotesIndex

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An interesting read that offers food for thought.