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A Conversation with Simon Critchley about “The Faith of the Faithless”

In this interview Simon Critchley discusses his new book, “The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology,” with Dave True of Political Theology. Along the way Critchley touches on an array of topics: his respect for religion, the experimental nature of free thought, what love has to do with a politics of resistance, the genius of the Occupy Movement, nonviolence and its limits, the wisdom of Antonio Gramsci, and the illusions of Marxism. Earlier responses to the book can be accessed….

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Letters from the Road: Lenin the prophet

We can prophecy for you (Lenin 1907 [1962]-a: 329). A little recognised feature of Lenin’s writings is his complex invocation and transformation of the category of prophecy. While he denies the traditional theological tradition of the prophet, he also engages with it to develop an alternative, revolutionary prophecy that relativises […]

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Lenin’s Interpretation of the Parable of the Tares and the Wheat

The telling feature of this interpretation (of Matthew 13: 24-30) is not that it is a passing allusion, but that it becomes a key mode for organising Lenin’s struggles with various opponents in the socialist movement. His interpretation is both close in spirit to the biblical parable and yet has its own twists. The similarities first: the crucial issue is discernment, separating the tares from the wheat, the former appearing in a negative register as one’s opponents and the latter belonging to one’s own side. Further, the tares must be pulled up or cut down, so that it becomes clear who is part of the wheat. And the task falls to the ‘reapers’, who come to scythe away the weeds for the sake of the wheat.

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