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This chapter provides concluding remarks for this book. The author sets out with the modest task of investigating and subjecting to critique the role of theology and the Bible in the thought of some of the key Western Marxists of the twentieth century. He distinguishes between those who, like Terry Eagleton, Slavoj Žižek and Ernst Bloch, make an explicit effort to secularise theology, and others for whom theology turns up as unexpected guest, precisely because they reject it. Their agenda has been to bring together Christian theology and Marxism, whether the metaphor is one of dialogue, mutual insight, antagonism or the demarcation of spheres of competence. Instead, Žižek suggested that it is only through a thorough materialisation, through the full materialist move, that the possibility of theology begins to emerge.

Keywords: Christian theology; Ernst Bloch; Marxism; Slavoj Žižek; Terry Eagleton



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