Everywhere in Justice Wolterstorff’s interest in theological and philosophical history collides with his desire for syllogism, or for causal necessity, or for foundational or axiomatic truth. He is always rushing headlong toward the moment when, blessedly, “it proves impossible not to continue” toward the terminus of thought—indeed, for the moment when we can lay down thinking altogether—even if, lost in the rush, the relief of having arrived at a foundation obscures from the mind its having reached a parallel conclusion, like the sanction of state violence.Read the rest of First things.
Chris Nealon is Associate Professor in the Department of English at at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Emotion Before Stonewall (Duke UP, 2001), and two books of poems: The Joyous Age (Black Square Editions, 2004), and Plummet (Edge Books, forthcoming 2009). He is currently completing a book of criticism called The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Spectacle in the American Century.
Posts by Chris Nealon:
A consequence of hinging our conversation on belief is that it tends to project “belief” in the abstract onto some believer, elsewhere. I often experience the dialog in the secular academy about religion as involving a kind of division of believing labor, if you will, in which avowed non-believers puzzle over the intricacies of religious belief, its loss, its renewal, its existentially contradictory character, without much investigation into the lived experiences and practices of the “religious.” [...]Read the rest of Is critique secular?.