Either/Or

The Monstrosity of Christ
Paradox or Dialectic?
Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank, Edited by Creston Davis
The MIT Press, $27.95, 306 pp.

Serious thought about what there is and what it’s like leads in the end to one of two conclusions: Christ or nothing. Christ-centered trinitarianism sees Jesus, the incarnate Lord, as the crux of the cosmos, and the cosmos as a series of intensities brought into being out of nothing and ordered according to degree of intimacy with the triune Lord. Evil, in this view, is secondary: a privation, a destructive loss of intimacy. Nihilism asserts the primacy of emptiness...

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Paul J. Griffiths holds the Warren Chair of Catholic Theology at Duke University.