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Chapter Five: Kairós

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This chapter broaches three topics that may be seen as extensive forays into promising territory for the difficult love affair between Marxism and theology: time, ethics and fetishism. It begins with the agreed definition of Kairós as the right or critical time, the opportune moment that must be seized. The chapter provides a few assumptions about the relationship between Marxism and Jewish and/or Christian eschatology. Marx and Engels make an appearance here, as do biblical genres and the figure of Ernst Bloch. From this the author opens the investigation to wider usage and move back before the New Testament to ancient Greece, where it becomes clear that Kairós refers not merely to time but also to space, with bodily and social senses. The opposite of Kairós in these texts is not ch/kronos, the ordered march of time, but ákairos, what is in the wrong time and place.

Keywords: Christian eschatology; Ernst Bloch; Greece; Kairós; Marxism; New Testament

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