Title: Mysticism as Revolt: Foucault, Deleuze and Theology Beyond Representation Author: Petra Carlsson Redell Imprint: The Davies Group, Publisherssoft cover230 pp.USD 24.00 ISBN 978-19345423162014What if there is no God out there, but a divine creativity down here? Through philosophers Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, Mysticism as Revolt explores faith without the transcendent God of Christian orthodoxy. Foucault and Deleuze address some of the most frequently debated issues in contemporary theology; their thoughts on representation, however, deserve an exhaustive exploration. The author allows the most anti-religious aspects of Foucault’s and Deleuze’s thinking to encounter Christian theology, and examines what Christian theology could be without the oppressive features of representational logic, suggesting that contemporary theology should perhaps not leave its metaphysics behind but understand its task differently. A “post-representational theology” would note the creative force of form, dogma, truths, authorities, eternal gestures and church buildings, but it would not believe in their final power. A post-representational perspective, the author argues, could open up a playful yet serious form of Christian resistance: mysticism as revolt. To repeat, parody and play with whatever comes to the fore as eternal, or as the truth of concrete experience – both when reading and when doing theology – in order to make room negatively for those realities, actual but unknown, unthinkable yet possible, that no language could ever capture. Mysticism as Revolt contains unique analyses of Thomas Altizer, Graham Ward, and Katherine Keller and introduces the theology of Emilia Fogelklou for an English-speaking audience.
ContentsPreface1 IntroductionChristian representation and its criticsTheology and representationAfter the death of GodDerridean representation in theologyPost-representation and theologyExclusivism versus inclusivismCommentary versus critiqueRepresentation and post-representationTheological encounters2 Foucault and Deleuze beyond representationMichel FoucaultFrom materialism to materialismCommentary and critiqueThe force of words and thingsAsymmetrical knowledgeGilles DeleuzeThe four iron collarsThe univocity of beingWith God, everything is permittedThe repetition of differenceApproaching theologyPost-representation and theology3 Graham Ward: A crack in the commentaryIntroducing WardDoing the impossibleThe commentatorWard’s discursive formationThe commentatorDiscursive negotiationsUndermining authorityRadically orthodoxPostmodern vigilanceTwo voicesTransgressionDerrida versus FoucaultDeferred representationWhat is writing?Post-representation
4 Deleuze beyond inclusion and exclusionDeleuze in theologyDeleuze in Ward and KellerBeyond inclusivism and exclusivismEscape the domination of identityNot to nameThe recurrence of difference“Phantasmaphysics”The phantasmThe science of nonexisting entitiesThe phantasm and the eventA negative motion5 Thomas J. J. Altizer: the bottom of repetition AltizerIs God dead?Repetition in AltizerStuck in repetition?The Self-Embodiment of GodDeleuzian repetitionThe singular and the particularAltizerian repetitionNon-simple identityAltizerian repetitionThe singular and oracular voiceVoice speaksMetaphysical claimsA life
AuthorPetra Carlsson Redell (PhD in Theology, University of Uppsala) is an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church of Sweden.
6 The repetition of phantasms in FoucaultAffirmation and negation in FoucaultThe negative in MagritteThe affirmative in Wassily Kandinsky“Post-representational theology”7 Emilia FogelklouEmilia FogelklouIndirect speechWhere is the meaning?Form and radianceBurst formBeyond common sense8 ConclusionsTheological self-critiqueTheological encountersBroken theologyTalk about GodNotesBibliographyIndex