Iconoclastic Theology: Gilles Deleuze and the Secretion of Atheism

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Edinburgh University Press, 2014 - Philosophy - 225 pages
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F. LeRon Shults explores Deleuze's fascination with theological themes and shows how his entire corpus can be understood as a creative atheist machine that liberates thinking, acting and feeling. Shults also demonstrates how the flow of a productive atheism can be increased by bringing Deleuzian concepts into dialogue with insights derived from the bio-cultural sciences of religion.

Gilles Deleuze consistently hammered away at icons, overturning pretentious images taken as true copies of ideal models. He was particularly critical of religious Figures. In What is Philosophy? Deleuze argued that religion and transcendence, like philosophy and immanence, always come (and go) together. What value, then, could he possibly have found in engaging theology, which is typically bound to a particular religious coalition? Chipping away at repressive religious representations was valuable in itself for Deleuze, but he also believed that religion produced something of considerable value. He insisted that every religion secretes atheism, and none more so than Christianity.

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F. LeRon Shults is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Agder, Norway.

He is the author and editor of numerous books on Christian theology, the most recent include Saving Desire: The Seduction of Christian Theology (Eerdmans, 2011), Christology and Ethics (Eerdmans, 2010), Philosophy, Science and Divine Action (Brill, 2009), Christology and Science (Ashgate, 2008), The Holy Spirit (Eerdmans, 2008), Transforming Spirituality: Integrating Theology and Psychology (Eerdmans, 2006), Reforming the Doctrine of God (Eerdmans, 2005).

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