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Slavoj Žižek: “Christian Atheism: How to Be a Real Materialist”

(Slavoj Žižek in 2015)

“In all other religions, you have people who become atheists. Only in Christianity, God himself goes through this experience.”

On April 24th, the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek joined Merion West editor-in-chief Erich J. Prince to discuss the former’s latest book Christian Atheism: How to Be a Real Materialist, which was released with Bloomsbury Academic earlier this month. This discussion followed Professor Žižek and Mr. Prince’s January Merion West discussion about Professor Žižek’s previous book Freedom: A Disease Without Cure. Having earned doctorates at both the University of Ljubljana and the University of Paris VIII, Professor Žižek has since been affiliated with various universities, including the University of London, New York University, and his alma mater, the University of Ljubljana. He has published dozens of books and makes frequent media appearances. Professor Žižek is an expert, in particular, on the works of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Jacques Lacan and is a contributing editor at Compact. In their wide-ranging conversation, Professor Žižek and Mr. Prince discuss key themes from Christian Atheism; how Christianity differs from the other religions of the world; the idea of the Holy Ghost; American popular culture, including the role of Hollywood globally; the War in Ukraine; anti-Semitism; and the growing presence of Islam in Europe.

This interview appears in video form:

Erich J. Prince is the editor-in-chief at Merion West. With a background in journalism and media criticism, he has contributed to newspapers such as The Philadelphia Inquirer and The News & Observer, as well as online outlets including Quillette and The Hill. Erich has also spoken at conferences and events on issues related to gangs, crime, and policing. He studied political science at Yale University.

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