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Miracle and MachineJacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media$
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Michael Naas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239979

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239979.001.0001

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Miracle and Machine

Michael Naas

Fordham University Press

This chapter analyses the distinctions Derrida makes in several texts, including “Faith and Knowledge,” between religions—and particularly Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—on the basis of their use of and/or reaction to the teletechnological machine and the media. The chapter goes on to consider why Derrida suggests that perhaps only Christianity should go by the name religion and why globalization is perhaps first and foremost a Christian phenomenon. Finally, it is argued that Derrida’s time in the United States, and particular his interest in religious programming on American television, was essential to the development of his understanding of the relationship between religion and the media.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, Religion, Television, Media, Globalization, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, United States

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