Resistant Apocalyptic: Comparing Moltmann and Žižek and Its Relevance during the Pandemic

Authors

  • John C. Simon Sekolah Tinggi Teologi INTIM, Makassaar, Indonesia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36421/veritas.v21i2.577

Keywords:

Apocalyptic, Resistance, Jürgen Moltmann, Slavoj Žižek, Pandemic

Abstract

How to understand apocalyptic in the current COVID-19 pandemic? This is the question as well as the sig­ni­ficance of the problem to be answered. Is it based on Jürgen Moltmann’s theological opinion through his “adventus” and emphasizes divine transcendence, or based on Slavoj Žižek’s opinion, which is “Christian materialism,” which rejects divine trans­cendence? By using a comparative-analytical me­thod and qualitative research, this paper aims to find meaning that is found through the encounter between Moltmann’s idea of adventus and Zižek’s suggestion to build a new community through “resistance.” The result is that the COVID-19 pan­de­mic is a resistant apocalyptic narrative about “What is to Come” as an adventus that exceeds the normal and surprising, as well as resistance to finding a new cosmic community model in an effort to live a new life in the new normal era. The order of discussion is as follows. First, Moltmann's apocalyptic thinking will be presented. Second, Žižek’s apocalyptic thinking will be presented. Third, the meeting points and relevance for apo­ca­lyptic resistance will be presented in the context of the current pandemic.

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Published

31-12-2022

How to Cite

Simon, John C. “Resistant Apocalyptic: Comparing Moltmann and Žižek and Its Relevance During the Pandemic”. Veritas: Jurnal Teologi dan Pelayanan 21, no. 2 (December 31, 2022): 245–263. Accessed May 30, 2024. https://ojs.seabs.ac.id/index.php/Veritas/article/view/577.

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Special Themes: (Re)Imagining the Church in a Postpandemic Era