Yep, that's right, time for submissions to the Pacific Northwest division of the American Academy of Religion. I hope I get to present a paper again this year! Here's the abstract for my paper topic:
Soren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling is well-known for its examination into the perplexing story of Abraham’s decision to obey God’s command and sacrifice his son Isaac. Kierkegaard suggests that Abraham’s decision involved a “teleological suspension of the ethical” which cannot be explained by Abraham to anyone: it is an act of faith.
Slavoj Zizek, in several of his forays into Christian theology, attempts to appropriate Kierkegaard’s insights for his own project of dialectical materialism, even suggesting that Lenin’s Communist revolution might be viewed in similar terms. Is Zizek right? What are the implications of his thesis? In this paper, I will examine the relationship between Kierkegaard’s ethical suspension and Zizek’s interpretation of that suspension, and consider the theological implications of both – and how that may affect our ideas of a truly Christian ethic.