God in Pain Inversions of Apocalypse

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God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse
Critics feel that the text God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse by Slavoj Žižek and Boris
Gunjević is difficult to comprehend. The text does not follow the conventional format of writing
a book since it comprises of alternating essays by Žižek and Gunjević that do not interact
directly. However, the text is a debate on the theological shift from the postmodern view to the
apocalypse perception (Sigurdson 371). Nevertheless, formulating questions after reading the
text makes the comprehension of the main theme of the text easier.
The text raises a significant question on true religion. The world is experiencing so much
conflict fuelled by the different religious beliefs. The East that is dominated by Muslims is in
constant conflict with the West that is mainly occupied by Christians. However, Zizek
approaches the question in very objective manner. He is particularly not interested in the war on
religion as we know it nor is he interested in the beliefs of atheists but he makes a deliberate
effort to think and argue clearly on the topic( 43). Zizek is not concerned with identifying the
true religion, but on the positions the different religious beliefs take.
Also, Zizek analyzes the three major religions; Christianity, Islam and Judaism, in a
modern philosophical approach. He uses the tools of Hegelian and Lacanian analysis to dissect
and reconstruct the three main religions (Žižek et al. 304). He analyses how each religion
understands divinity and humanity. Zizek reveals that the three religions greatly differ from each
other than we know of them.
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Lastly, the text gives an explanation on the reason true believers suffer yet God is in
existence. Zizek explains that God has also gone through suffering; like Christ on the Cross, and
therefore there is the assumption that he is in solidarity with the human misery (155). Similarly, a
friend who has experienced the suffering and pain one is going through empathizes with the
affected. The question guides the believers to trust in God since he understands our pains and
When the reader searches for the answers on true religion, the difference between the
three religions and the reason believers suffer, they will ultimately understand the main theme in
the text God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse.
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Works Cited
Zizek, Slavoj, and Boris Gunjevic. God in Pain: Inversions of apocalypse. Seven Stories Press,
Žižek, Slavoj. Did somebody say totalitarianism?. London: Verso, 2001.
Sigurdson, Ola. "Slavoj Žižek, the Death Drive, and Zombies: A Theological Account." Modern
Theology, vol 29, no 3, 2013, pp. 361-380.

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