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Deleuze and the Naming of GodPost-Secularism and the Future of Immanence$
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Daniel Colucciello Barber

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686360

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686360.001.0001

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From the Particular to the Divine

(p.110) 4 Yoder
Deleuze and the Naming of God

Daniel Colucciello Barber

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 4 presents a theology that departs from the directions pursued by analogy. Foregrounding Yoder’s description of the political logic of “the Powers” and that of Jesus, it articulates the former’s domination of the world in terms of a logic of overdetermination and the latter’s antagonism to the Powers in terms of a movement of underdetermination. The political logic of Jesus is therefore not transcendent but rather the name of an immanent antagonism to overdetermination. This antagonism, because it commits itself to the matter of determinability (the world), is inseparable from a breaking open of the world’s immanent potencies. The chapter argues that such breaking-open leads Yoder to an affirmation of disaccord that converges with Deleuze’s interstitial difference. It argues, furthermore, that Yoder’s account of the temporality of this process converges with Deleuze’s own theory of time.

Keywords:   aion, Gilles Deleuze, Jesus, overdetermination, the Powers, the secular, theology, underdetermination, world, John Howard Yoder

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