Theology of Food, Monstrous Christ Again

Friend of the blog and the Nottingham colleague of Anthony and myself since the distant MA days Orion Edgar has a review of Angel F. Montoya’s excellent The Theology of Food: Eating and the Eucharist in last months Modern Theology. The Theology of Food is perhaps the only academic book of all time to open with a recipe. Orion’s project concerns the theology and philosophy of food and the culinary as a window to wider issues of embodiment, politics and ecology, and hopes to fill some of the gaps he identifies in Montoya’s project.

This edition also contains a review by Cyril O’Regan on Žižek and Milbank’s The Monstrosity of Christ, which concurs with Adam’s interpretation that “it could be argued that Altizer’s theology represents the prototype for Žižek’s synthesis of genealogy and kenotic Christology”. For O’Regan, one of the central cruxes of the argument is the orthodoxy, or lack of, with regard to Meister Eckhart, something that other reviewers have noted in passing, but failed to highlight as particularly interesting. If Eckhart, as Milbank contends, is permitted to stand as a representative of medieval Catholic Christianity then Žižek’s ‘protestant’ narrative that follows from him, to Hegel, to the death of God, is undermined. Yet Milbank does so at the risk of admitting too much of Žižek’s narrative, and O’Regan thinks that although in general accounts tend to suggest Milbank is right on the historical reading of Eckhart, Žižek is more compelling rhetorically on this point, which opens the old cans of worms regarding an accurate versus an interesting reading of a figure that is commonly brought up with regard to both authors. Seasoned watchers of this blog and this debate will be interested that O’Regan suggests that the difference between Žižek and Milbank is something to do with the apocalyptic, which, as O’Regan notes, is a theme for Atizer. O’Regan states, rightly, that this might offer an intriguing platform of further discussion, which seems all the more to be the case given that Žižek’s lastest is called Living in the End Times.