From dionysus to the anti-Christ: Rene Girard's defense of christianity and Erik Peterson's closure of any political theology

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Abstract

This essay is a reconstruction of Rene Girard's Christian apology in "I saw the Devil fall like Lightening." It develops Nietzsche's antithesis between Christ and Dionysius which Girard identifies as the antithesis of modernity as such. Against Girard's own alliance with Carl Schmitt the essay adopts the Trinitarian point of view suggested by the author, in order to show that it is Erik Peterson's "Trinitarian" critique of Carl Schmitt's political theology of sovereignty which could fulfill the "true" aim of the author in fact much better.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)101-115
Number of pages15
JournalPolitical Theology
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Anti-Semitism
  • Carl Schmitt
  • Desire
  • Erik Peterson
  • Mimesis
  • Mimetic desire
  • Nietzsche
  • Political theology

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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