Introduction: God and Difference Book Event

Trinitarian theology has lost its way. It has become – as I demonstrate in this book – a way to enjoin practices of sacrifice and submission under the banner of countering the rapaciousness of modern subjectivity.

The problem with Christian theological accounts of the Trinity is not, Tonstad argues, that they have become infected by the fallen or secular logics of gender inequality and hierarchy. The logics of heterosexism and heteronormativity are, in fact, deeply theological, and cannot be unsettled simply by the demand that they be made flexible enough to welcome queer people in. What is necessary instead is a radical remaking of the logic of trinitarian procession, moving away from the heterosexual logic of penetration, according to which relationships move according to the thrusting logics of space-making, activity and receptivity, towards the clitoral logic of surface touch, intensification, and non-sacrificial encounter. Continue reading “Introduction: God and Difference Book Event”

Popular sovereignty and trinity

Popular sovereignty is triune. The Father is the popular sovereign as such, which is the source of its two hypostases or actualizations: the state and the market. The state is the Son, an embodied reality that is most often literally personified in a concrete individual (the head of state). The market is the Holy Spirit, a more shadowy entity that works primarily through indirect effects, distributing roles and gifts.

This trinity shares a single divine nature in that they all manifest freedom, though each in its own particular way. The popular sovereign represents sheer unmediated freedom as such, which can never be fully actualized in a finite world. The market gives us freedom in the form of choice, where the state gives us freedom in the form of decision.

(Idle reflections, sketching in the margins of The Kingdom and the Glory.)