Kyrkan och samtalets eskatologiska öppningar


  • Susanne Forsström Fäldt


This article starts out from the challenge to the Church articulated by Giorgio Agamben in his speech “The Church and the Kingdom”; the challenge to be the place where a messianic and liberating eternal time can erupt and transform the totalizing economy and oppressive chronology of our world. This challenge is investi-gated first by asking if and how a response to it could be articulated through the philosophies of dialogue ex-pressed by George Pattison and Martin Buber. Having argued that there is a problematic idealism adhering to both Agamben’s messianic time and Buber’s dialogue, the article then searches to go beyond this idealism by acknowledging the feminist theologian Serene Jones’ theory of Christian identity as at once unconditionally given as a gift through baptism, and as needed to be performed, to be practiced in order to have transforma-tional impact on real life. Having thereby outlined a theological defence of the practice of dialogue, it is ar-gued that the church, by creating method and space to put dialogue in play, can expand the space where Chris-tian identity can be performed, and thereby get closer to its mission of being the place for eschatological disruption, the place where chronological time becomes transformed and eschatos brakes through.