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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 Science of the Resurrection

The Science of the Resurrection

(p.203) Twelve The Science of the Resurrection

François Laruelle

, Robin Mackay
Columbia University Press

This chapter deals with the science of the Resurrection of Christ, with particular emphasis on how it should be imagined and formalized. The Resurrection is the retroactively foundational myth of Christianity, and the chapter seeks to draw from it the possibility of a rigorous fiction, a christo-fiction. To begin to make the Resurrection and the Ascension minimally intelligible, it distinguishes between the transcendence of opposed and mixed discourses that harbor an unintelligibility for the faithful and that are “finally” brought down, and the vectoriell “ascending” of the Son with the death of the authoritarian, persecuting, and sacrificing Father. It then considers the effect of insurrection upon macroscopic bodies, along with the Ascension of Christ and the abasement of God. It also examines Christ as the mediator-in-person or the mediate-without-mediation, the mimetic rivalry that applies to the relations of God and Christ in the theo-christo-logical doublet, the suspended sacrifice of Christ, the blood of Christ from the perspective of gnosis, the salvation of God, and the universal philosophical church.

Keywords:   science, Resurrection, Christ, Ascension, God, mediator-in-person, mediate-without-mediation, suspended sacrifice, gnosis, salvation

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