Empire Erotics and Messianic Economies of Desire: 2013 J. J. Thiessen Lecture Series
These three lectures by Professor P. Travis Kroeker undertake a theological exploration of the crucial interconnections between desire and economics in our intimate and institutional relationships to money, material goods, and our most basic human aspirations. The first lecture investigates the fact that the book of Genesis begins with an erotics and a "marriage" but one that opposes contemporary idolatrous erotic-religious mythologies, and that provides the dramatic theological basis for a different political economy. What does the structure of desire in creation have to do with economic justice and social shalom in the empire erotics of our own time?
The second lecture examines the birth of Christian imagination in a non-Christian empire, follows it through with Joseph Conrad's analysis in Heart of Darkness and asks how this relates to Mennonites in contemporary North America.
Beginning with an exploration of the distortion of messianic desire into the self-serving erotics of empire, the third lecture will ask how the messianic community can live out an alternative liturgy of service in the everyday.
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