• Jordan E. Miller
Part of the Radical Theologies and Philosophies book series (RADT)


The central argument of this chapter is that religion is a force that makes the world, and that religious community operates best without God. This chapter investigates the meaning of religious practice in light of the developments arising from my reading of Rappaport. This chapter argues that subjunctivity short-circuits sovereignty producing a reorientation of political theology. It begins with an in-depth analysis of the term “subjunctivity.” The chapter then engages with Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Dōgen Zenji in an attempt to arrive at positive resources of the subjunctive in religion. Next, the chapter investigates two different expressions of what I take to be subjunctive, liberatory religious practice: craft and apophatic mysticism. The chapter then turns to Martin Buber and René Girard and draws atheological insights from them resulting in descriptions of how religious community might understand itself without God in its midst. This second chapter also makes the methodological claim that theology may be cleaved from any particular object of study (traditionally, God) and it should instead be understood as a way of thinking. The chapter makes the claims that religious practice and theological thinking operate best in the absence of God.

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  • Jordan E. Miller
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarNewportUSA

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