The Place Of Das Ding – Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology, Religion, Part 1 (John Panteleimon Manoussakis)

  The following article is the first installment of a two-part series.  The second installment can be found here.   I.  Introduction. “One, two, three, but where is the fourth?” I was reminded of this question while reading Prof. Brian Becker’s paper “Flight from  the Flesh” as he attempts to translate Freud’s topological tri-partition of […]


Philosophy As Interdisciplinary Intensity – An Interview With Giorgio Agamben (Antonio Gnolio/Ido Govrin)

The following is an interview with the famed Continental philosopher Giorgio Agamben conducted by journalist Antonio Gnolio. Originally published in La Repubblica on May 15, 2016.  the interview is translated from the Italian by Ido Govrin, whose bio is given at the end.  It is translated with permission of La Repubblica.     “I believe in the link […]


Review – Badiou Is Not Afraid of The Dark (Mason Davis)

Badiou, Alain. Black: The Brilliance of a Non-Color. Translated by Susan Spitzer. New Jersey: Polity, 2016. ISBN-10: 1509512071. Hardcover, paperback, e-book. 80 pages.  Claire Colebrook calls Alain Badiou’s newest book Black: The Brilliance Of A Non-Color, a “singular and remarkable book.” My initial reaction was similar, though I have always been impressed by Badiou’s eloquence and prose. […]


Newest Titles For Review – Freud, Nussbaum, Angst, The Crucified God, Etc.

Religious Theory has just added new titles for which we are looking for reviewers (listed below). If you would like to review one of them, please send an email to with the header “Request for Review.”  Please provide your name, email address, position, institutional affiliation, physical mailing address, and a 300-word bio.  If you have reviewed […]

Political Theology Psychoanalysis

Lacan, Levinas, And The Politics Of The Subject (Joshua Lawrence)

Psychoanalysis has undeniably played a significant role in the development of theories critical of the social landscape. In addition to fostering a new model for self-reflection, it has functioned as a vehicle for the proliferation of subjectivities distinct from the consecrated forms of cultural life. Consequently, I will suggest here that it has an important […]

Philosophy of Religion

Spinoza’s Theory of Religion – Stabilized Superstition (Ehud Benor)

The best interpretations of Spinoza’s philosophy would lead us to believe that, for Spinoza, religion is superstition. Henry Allison’s account is an excellent example.1 As he proceeds to discuss Spinoza’s views concerning revelation, scripture and religion, the subject matter of the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, Allison writes: Spinoza’s general attitude to the claims of revealed religion is already […]


Review – Judith Butler And The Different “Senses” Of The Subject (Matthew Waggoner)

Note:  This review is also published simultaneously in the PDF special issue of JCRT 16.1. Butler, Judith. Senses of the Subject.  New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. ISBN-10: 082326467X. Paperback. 228 Pages. Despite having appeared separately in journals or as chapters in other books over the last twenty years, the essays collected in Judith Butler’s Senses […]


Rethinking Anselm’s Atonement Theory – “Unmaking” The Indebted Man (Ryne Beddard)

Throughout Church history Christians have used various images and illustrations to explain why God became a human and died, and why these actions have been considered by the tradition to be salvific. These are referred to as atonement theories, and in general they seek to answer three questions: How is humanity saved through Jesus? Who […]