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Number and the imagination of global Christianity; or, mediation and immediacy in the work of Alain Badiou

Engelke, Matthew (2010) Number and the imagination of global Christianity; or, mediation and immediacy in the work of Alain Badiou. South Atlantic Quarterly, 109 (4). pp. 811-829. ISSN 1527-8026

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Identification Number: 10.1215/00382876-2010-018

Abstract

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."

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://saq.dukejournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2010 Duke University Press
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Research centres and groups > Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 14:19
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2012 11:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/31356

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