by Colin Eckstein
from Modern Believing Vol 60:4 - October 2019


Paul grounds his first letter to the Corinthians on a theological paradox: ‘God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom.’ I examine the two separate terms of this dichotomy – ‘the wisdom of the world’ and ‘the foolishness of the cross’ – in order to determine, in their relationship, the radical socio-political potential of Paul’s Corinthian church collective. I conclude that the ‘foolishness of the cross’ (death of God) in 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 functions to destabilize the ‘wisdom of the world’ (Symbolic Order).


1 Corinthians, Big Other, Death of God, Foolishness, Materialist Theology, Order, Saint Paul, Radical Theology, Slavoj Zizek, Symobolic order, WIsdom

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