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Christo-FictionThe Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem$
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François Laruelle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167246

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167246.001.0001

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A Generic Repetition of Gnosis

A Generic Repetition of Gnosis

To Desuture Christ from Theology

(p.1) One A Generic Repetition of Gnosis

François Laruelle

, Robin Mackay
Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the following equation: Christ = science of Christ = gnosis, along with its corollary, gnosis vs. theology and christology. The equation shows that Christ is simply the name of the science of Christ, that its other name is gnosis, and that “gnostic theology” therefore means that theology is abased (without being completely negated) as object of gnosis. Nothing in these radical axioms belongs to any known Christianity. The chapter proposes an “epistemic” framework in which gnosis represents the bringing together of positive knowledges, including philosophy, within a human-oriented cognizance of them. It also considers the broad characteristics of a gnostic ethics without religious or metaphysical foundation, but with only a generic foundation. Finally, it examines the Principle of Sufficient Nonknowledge, science as generic gnosis that fuses theology and quantum theory, the physics of Christ and the Principle of Nonsufficient Science, incarnation as a dialectical concept, and Christ's insurrection and the abasement of God.

Keywords:   science, Christ, gnosis, theology, christology, Christianity, Principle of Sufficient Nonknowledge, Principle of Nonsufficient Science, incarnation, insurrection

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