God in Pain by Slavoj Zizek

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The book is appealing for its scope of theological and political references even if the essays don’t always appear to be in dialogue with each other.
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A brilliant dissection and reconstruction of the three major faith-based systems of belief in the world today, from one of the world's most articulate intellectuals, Slavoj Zizek, in conversation with Croatian philosopher Boris Gunjévic. In six chapters that describe Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in fresh ways using the tools of Hegelian and Lacanian analysis, God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse shows how each faith understands humanity and divinity—and how the differences between the faiths may be far stranger than they may at first seem. 

Chapters include (by Zizek) (1) "Christianity Against Sacred," (2) "Glance into the Archives of Islam," (3) "Only Suffering God Can Save Us," (4) "Animal Gaze," (5) "For the Theologico-Political Suspension of the Ethical," (by Gunjevic) (1) "Mistagogy of Revolution," (2) "Virtues of Empire," (3) "Every Book Is Like Fortress," (4) "Radical Orthodoxy," (5) "Prayer and Wake."
 

About Slavoj Zizek

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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a Professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Seven Stories Press. 288 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Excellent
Apr 10 2012

The book is appealing for its scope of theological and political references even if the essays don’t always appear to be in dialogue with each other.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Trevor Jockims on May 24 2012

. . . Žižek is particularly apt in discussing a timely issue without falling into. . . clichés. . .

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