This chapter presents a reading of Benjamin’s Theological-Political Fragment. The text identifies nature with the messianic. Even though the actual title of the text and date of writing remain the subject of debate, what endures at the opening of the text is the figure of the Messiah. The ‘Messiah’ and the ‘Messianic’, both present as figures having an operative presence, need to be understood as marking the separation of religion and theology, a separation in which religion, through its identification with both the logic as well as the temporality of capitalism, needs to be understood as the reiteration of the always the same.
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