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Christopher McCrudden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265642

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265642.001.0001

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The Vanishing Absolute and the Deconsecrated God: A Theological Reflection on Revelation, Law, and Human Dignity

The Vanishing Absolute and the Deconsecrated God: A Theological Reflection on Revelation, Law, and Human Dignity

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(p.259) 14 The Vanishing Absolute and the Deconsecrated God: A Theological Reflection on Revelation, Law, and Human Dignity
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Understanding Human Dignity
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Tina Beattie

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265642.003.0014

Drawing on Giorgio Agamben’s idea of homo sacer and on the Catholic natural law tradition, Beattie explores the paradoxes and tensions inherent in the Christian understanding of divine justice and human laws. While natural law resists the pessimism of some Protestant theologies and their secularized postmodern derivatives, the doctrine of original sin means that all human laws are flawed in their quest to maintain justice through the imposition of order. Beattie argues that Christ is homo sacer in whom God is profaned, the human is made sacred, and the crucified body of the dehumanized other on the cross becomes the bearer of an absolute dignity outside the law.

Keywords:   Costas Douzinas, David Gushee, Dieter Grimm, Giorgo Agamben, homo sacer, Christ, natural law, German Basic Law, absolute dignity

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