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Dawkins and Badiou: two atheist approaches to the Bible

Brett, Mark G. (2013) Dawkins and Badiou: two atheist approaches to the Bible. Theology, 116 (3). pp. 163-168. ISSN 0040-57IX

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Abstract

This essay begins by contrasting the contributions of two leading atheists. Richard Dawkins dismisses the Bible as a disordered and chaotic anthology. Alain Badiou, in contrast, engages it (specifically the writings of Paul) as material that creatively maintains fidelity to revolutionary events. Badiou’s insight is taken here as a prompt to explore the diverse biblical witnesses to creation, which, as in the case of the resurrection, resists conceptual control. The Jewish and Christian traditions of creation theology can thereby offer an opportunity to explore, in the company of atheists, the ambiguities of the biblical canons and the capillaries of their socially formative effects.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): atheism, Badiou, creation theology, Dawkins
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): B - Biblical Studies, general
Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 11:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 11:27
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1669

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