chapter  9
Faithful Betrayal
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explains how Iek's materialist theology frames Pauline Christianity as creating a universal collective bound together in fidelity to the Event of Christ's Death and Resurrection as the community's self-posited sustaining Spirit. It looks at elements within the emerging church discursive milieu as examples of a response to this endlessly semantically translatable event. The book suggest that dis/associative religious practices enable collectives to invite participants into a space in which they can cultivate openness to the event that insists in names and in things through thinking and acting in a deconstructive style. Sociologists Gerardo Mart and Gladys Ganiel have attempted to illustrate how emerging Christianity differs from liberal Protestantism. Discursive figures like the orthodox heretic and the Christian pirate could be deployed within emerging Christian discourse in order to signal the acts of exclusion.