Reading the messianic in the An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics and MacEwen’s T.E. Lawrence Poems

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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. 


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

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391