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Slavoj Zizek has written in several places — but here I am specifically referring to Revolution at the gates: a selection of writings from February to October 1917 — that,

“On today’s market, we find a whole series of products deprived of their malignant property: coffee without caffeine, cream without fat, beer without alcohol. . . .  Virtual Reality simply generalizes this procedure of offering a product deprived of its substance: it provides reality itself deprived of its substance, of the hard resistant kernel of the Real — just as decaffeinated coffee smells and tastes like the real coffee without being real coffee, Virtual Reality is experienced as reality without being so.”

Coffee without caffeine, cream without fat, beer without alcohol, war without death (at least on our side, as Zizek claims); but what about the theological (specifically Christian) question: what is Christianity’s (to use Zizek’s language) chocolate laxative today? We could say: Christianity without Christ, Christianity without faith, etc., etc. The problem that I am confronting here is one in which the problem of the chocolate laxative is complicated (obviously so!) in relation to communities of persons. . . So, the question I am asking myself is this: what is the hard resistant kernel of the Real in Christianity? And, subsequently, in Christianity, what is experienced as reality without being so?

[added later]

But Christ, faith, these are not malignant properties, rather substances as such. Or can one consider the skandalon a “malignant” property?

Just a few things I have been thinking about this morning …

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