Taubes, Badiou, Agamben, Zizek, Reinhard, and Santner have found in the Apostle Paul's emphasis on neighbor-love a positive paradigm for politics. By thoroughly reexamining Pauline eschatology, L. L. Welborn suggests that neighbor-love depends upon an orientation toward the messianic event, which Paul describes as the w time and which he imagines as awakening. Welborn compares the Pauline dialectic of awakening to attempts by Hellenistic philosophers to rouse their contemporaries from moral lethargy and to the Marxist idea of class consciousness, emphasizing the apostle's radical spirit and moral relevance.
L. L. Welborn is professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Fordham University.
L. L. Welborn
Columbia University Press
Date of Publication
Christianity: Bibles & Liturgy
Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture