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Paul's Summons to Messianic LifePolitical Theology and the Coming Awakening$
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L. Welborn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171311

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171311.001.0001

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Paul's Summons to Messianic Life

L. L. Welborn

Columbia University Press

This final chapter argues that while past eras instance several movements that are more than sporadic tremors of awakening—e.g. the monastic movement led by Francis of Assisi, the struggle for social justice led by Martin Luther King—a profound sleep has descended over most of the world for several decades now because of the triumph of global capitalism. In a March 2009 discourse delivered in Notre Dame Cathedral in the presence of the Bishop of Paris and other high-ranking clerics, Giorgio Agamben accused the Catholic Church of having forgotten its messianic calling. The chapter concludes that at this dark moment, more than ever, we should recall that, according to Paul, the awakening occurs punctually, at the moment when night has advanced to its furthest point, when especially deep darkness holds sway just before the dawn (Romans 13:12).

Keywords:   awakening, sleep, capitalism, Paul, Giorgio Agamben

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