Christ and Culture
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I The Economy of Response.
1. Christology and Mimesis.
2. The Schzoid Christ.
3. The Body of the Church and its Erotic Politics.
Part II Engendering Christ.
4. Redemption: Between Reception and Response.
5. Divinity and Sexual Difference.
6. The Politics of Christ’s Circumcision.
Part III The Living Christ: Economies of Redemption.
7. Allegoria Amoris: A Christian Ethics.
8. Spiritual Exercises: A Christian Pedagogy.
9. Suffering and Incarnation: A Christian Politics.
- A stimulating series of reflections on Christ and contemporary culture
- Takes as its starting point Niebuhr’s famous volume on ‘Christ and Culture’ published in the 1970s
- Explores representations of Christ from sources as diverse as the New Testament and twentieth-century continental philosophy
- Considers Christ and culture in the light of contemporary categories such as the body, gender, desire, politics and the sublime
- Develops an original and imaginative Christology rooted in Scriptural exegesis and concerned with today’s cultural issues
- The author has been described as ‘the most visionary theologian of his generation’.
Graham Ward has always written insightful and arresting theology, but in this book he exposits scripture, retrieves tradition and interrogates culture with a yet more brilliant and surer touch than ever before. His concern is with the cultural mediation of the Mediator, Jesus Christ, who, in the endless displacements of his body, is not so much an identity to be known as an operation, a movement, in which to participate. This book is about the ‘first born’ of creation, the one by, for and in whom we live, the ‘culture’ by which we are given to be. Ward’s transcorporeal Christology challenges our secular certainties and finds for us the promise of the transcendent in the textual—and indeed sexual—negotiations of our always encultured bodies. This is wonderfully mesmeric, bravura theology. Gerard Loughlin, University of Durham
"New book attempts to break out of the Christian insularity to produce a genuinely public theology of significant interest to postmodern philosophers and social theorists."