Number and the Imagination of Global Christianity: or, Mediation and Immediacy in the Work of Alain Badiou

Studies on religion in philosophy and the human sciences have been focusing increasingly on the relationship between religion and media. In much of this work, a key concern has been to understand what constitutes mediation and, concomitantly, the lure of immediacy that drives some types of religiosi...

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Published in:The South Atlantic quarterly
Main Author: Engelke, Matthew 1972-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Duke Univ. Press [2010]
In: The South Atlantic quarterly
Year: 2010, Volume: 109, Issue: 4, Pages: 811-829
Online Access: Volltext (lizenzpflichtig)
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Summary:Studies on religion in philosophy and the human sciences have been focusing increasingly on the relationship between religion and media. In much of this work, a key concern has been to understand what constitutes mediation and, concomitantly, the lure of immediacy that drives some types of religiosity. In this essay, I link Alain Badiou's philosophy to this concern, examining in particular how his approach to number and appreciation for Saint Paul are fueled by a similar lure of immediacy. To illustrate this claim, I juxtapose Badiou's work to the ways in which nineteenth-century British evangelicals (who had their own, distinct reverence for Paul) used numbers and statistics to imagine what we might understand today as a “global Christianity.”
ISSN:1527-8026
Contains:Enthalten in: The South Atlantic quarterly
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1215/00382876-2010-018