Vol 13, No 2 (2017) Reading the Messianic in the An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics and Macewen’s T.E. Lawrence Poems

READING THE MESSIANIC IN THE AN INSURRECTIONIST MANIFESTO: FOUR NEW GOSPELS FOR A RADICAL POLITICS AND MACEWEN’S T.E. LAWRENCE POEMS

Concetta Principe

ABSTRACT

A group of scholars critiquing secularism, Blanton et al, have reclaimed radical theology in the wake of 9/11 for a new political activism in An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for A Radical Politics (2016), using Paul and his Gospel on the messiah as the central motif. This review brings the political text on the insurrection into dialogue with a long poem by MacEwen on the British officer who led the Arab insurrection in 1916, T. E. Lawrence, to explore the messianic expectations surrounding historical and contemporary insurrections.

KEYWORDS

Paul; Lacan; the real; radical theology; messianism; insurrection

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