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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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The Two Laws of Substantial Religious Existence, and Christ as Mediate-Without-Mediation

The Two Laws of Substantial Religious Existence, and Christ as Mediate-Without-Mediation

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(p.127) Seven The Two Laws of Substantial Religious Existence, and Christ as Mediate-Without-Mediation
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Christo-Fiction
Author(s):

François Laruelle

, Robin Mackay
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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167246.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the two laws of substantial religious existence, and Christ as mediate-without-mediation. The invention named “Christ” was not the foundation of a new religion to rival others, but rather a form of corruption that came to augment and complicate the imaginary grounds of the “three monotheisms.” It was to determine, at last, the conditions of a somewhat rigorous cognizance of religions. Judaism and Greek thought utterly lacked the means to establish such a rigorous science of religions—an excess of monotheism and an excess of polytheism being their transcendent principles. These are called substantial religions, which are endowed with a form that Christianity tends to avoid. This chapter examines why Christ is defined as mediate-without-mediation and goes on to discuss the scientific deficiency of theologies, the kerygma of Christ, the symptoms of the messianic stance, the procedures of a rigorous christo-fiction, and the double transcendence that supports the Torah and the Word. It also considers the transformation of the Greek and Judaic laws.

Keywords:   mediate-without-mediation, Christ, monotheism, polytheism, substantial religions, Christianity, kerygma, christo-fiction, Torah, Word

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