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This introductory chapter of the book In the Vale of Tears provides a motley collection of thoughts and arguments and stitches them into a whole relativising theology, atheism and theology, political myth, political grace, the political ambivalence of Christianity, the perpetual need for economic history, kairós and ákairos, ethics versus an unethical and unmoral position, fetishism and idolatry, political iconoclasm, secularism and anti-secularism, transcendence and transgression, and the question of death. The author attempts to strengthen some arguments, reshape some others in light of an insight or two and produce a few new positions. This work is summary and development, collation and elaboration, conclusion and exploration of a new direction or two. It begins with a scene-setting discussion of atheism and Marxism. The chapter also deals with an argument that leads to the matter of economic history.

Keywords: atheism; Christianity; kairós; Marxism; political ambivalence



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