The Fragile Absolute

The Fragile Absolute:Or, Why Is the Christian Legacy Worth Fighting For?

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Argues that the subversive core of the Christian legacy forms the foundation of a politics of universal emancipation

One of the signal features of our era is the re-emergence of the ‘sacred’ in all its different guises, from New Age paganism to the emerging religious sensitivity within cultural and political theory.
The wager of Žižek’s The Fragile Absolute – published here with a new preface by the author – is that Christianity and Marxism can fight together against the contemporary onslought of vapid spiritualism. The revolutionary core of the Christian legacy is too precious to be left to the fundamentalists.

Reviews

  • Righteously to battle the tsunami of postmodern spiritual mush, Žižek attempts a reconciliation between Marxism and Christianity, eccentrically (against Nietzsche) trying to recuperate St Paul for the radical Christian.

    Guardian
  • Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.

    The New Yorker
  • This is a subtle argument ... Žižek applies it with a broad brush to both contemporary society and popular culture.

    Boston Book Review