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If Žižek Became a Christian…?

I’ve often wondered what kind of Christian Slovoj Žižek would be if he converted.  Would he likely be a Roman Catholic?  Protestant?  Eastern Orthodox?  I’d say his theology lends itself to a particularly protestant flavor, sometimes reading almost just like Eberhard Jüngel or Jürgen Moltmann.  His notion of the crucifixion as the end of any sort of abstract transcendence or God as a guarantor of meaning has a particularly Lutheran-theology-of-the-cross ring to it.  However, Žižek’s socialist politics would certainly be at home among the radical Catholicism of someone like Herbert McCabe, so perhaps he could at least conceivably become a Catholic.  Of course we would be hard pressed to ignore both his slavic roots and his very Eastern Orthodox-worthy beard, which indicate he would be quite at home among the Orthodox.  But, what think you?  If Žižek were to really take the plunge and become a Christian, what branch of Christianity do you think he’d likely wind up in?


  1. roflyer wrote:

    Pentecostal, for sure.

    Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 9:57 am | Permalink
  2. Eric Lee wrote:

    I think he’s self-described as an “atheist protestant”, or at least agreed with that description.

    Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  3. dan wrote:

    I was thinking he might be most comfortable with the violent groups that participated in the Radical Reformation.

    Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  4. Kevin D. wrote:

    Well, Žižek does like Chesterton — and there’s a certain, shall we say, “quirkiness” to Catholicism with its insistence on paradox pretty much everywhere and with its rather blasé attitude toward contemporary thought (as in, “the truth shall make you odd” — F. O’Connor) . So, I’m going with Catholicism for Žižek. I think he would rather enjoy defending, e.g., the Marian dogmas, even if simply because of the fantastic contrarian spirit involved in doing so.

    Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  5. Ben wrote:

    The Žižek branch. And then he would leave that to form a post-Žižek branch.

    Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 3:25 pm | Permalink
  6. John H wrote:

    Probably Kierkegaardian.

    Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm | Permalink
  7. roflyer wrote:

    C’mon can’t you see Zizek slain in the Spirit?! But for real, I’d agree with Kevin on this one. He’d convert to a Chestertonian style Catholicism.

    Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 8:22 pm | Permalink
  8. Ben Myers wrote:

    Well, in his lecture at Calvin College he insisted: “I am a Calvinist”, and he presented some splendid arguments in favour of predestination. But then again, perhaps his nihilism would be more at home among the Lutherans.

    But I like RO Flyer’s suggestion of a Pentecostal Žižek even better — this just feels right…

    Friday, February 29, 2008 at 3:33 am | Permalink
  9. Dave Belcher wrote:

    It’s not the Chesterton that would make him Catholic, it’s his Leninist-Stalinism! The Pope as the “fuhrer” of the RC church is the only way one could be guaranteed freedom as a Christian (his notion of the “interpassive subject” blah blah blah)!

    Friday, February 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

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