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Political TheologiesPublic Religions in a Post-Secular World$
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Hent de Vries and Lawrence E. Sullivan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226443

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226443.001.0001

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Come On, Humans, One More Effort if You Want to Be Post-Christians!

Come On, Humans, One More Effort if You Want to Be Post-Christians!

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(p.652) Come On, Humans, One More Effort if You Want to Be Post-Christians!
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Political Theologies
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Thierry De Duve

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226443.003.0034

This chapter offers a translation of central Christian and theological virtues (faith, hope, and love) into the republican triad of “liberty, equality, and fraternity”. It argues that the motto of the French Revolution takes charge of the three Christian maxims and that it is only by doing so that it opposes superstitious, unenlightened religiosity. This last idea is taken from Marcel Gauchet's The Disenchantment of the World, which defines Christianity as the religion of the exit from religion. The chapter reexamines how Mary's virginity-maternity has historically been privileged over Joseph's virginity-paternity—which, in accord with Jacques Lacan's “Christian translation of Freud”, he takes to symbolize the patriarchal fear concerning uncertain paternity tout court—and insists that the phallus, not unlike political sovereignty and its equivalents, is thus “a sign without any signified”.

Keywords:   Christianity, Marcel Gauchet, virginity-maternity, faith, hope, love, liberty, equality, fraternity, exit from religion

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