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This concluding chapter summarizes the ideas that the author has gathered in his pack from the engagements in this book. From Lucien Goldmann and his exploration of Jansenism and Pascal the author draws two crucial ideas: a distinct insight into the opposition between the Elect and the Damned as well as that between rejecting the world and yet living within it. The theme for Agamben became the dominant feature of the author's treatments of both Georg Lukacs and Raymond Williams. They opened up the possibility that religion may be a passing moment in the much longer trajectories of certain themes and categories. Marxist-inspired reconstructions of the economic, social and ideological histories of the major religions are unfinished projects. Since the author's expertise on this matter lies with ancient Israel and, to a lesser extent, with early Christianity, he restricts his comments to them.

Keywords: Christianity; Georg Lukacs; Marxist-inspired reconstructions; Raymond Williams



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