This Union Theological Seminary teacher delights in paradox and pseudo-Hegelian categories. The Logos is dissolved into many...

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THE TRANSFIGURATION OF POLITICS

This Union Theological Seminary teacher delights in paradox and pseudo-Hegelian categories. The Logos is dissolved into many logos -- history advances then regresses into one-dimensionality. ""When Jesus Christ functions as the power of messianic presence at the center of the revolutionary struggle for humanization, power acquires a freedom in bondage."" And Jesus equals political realism; ""Jesus is victimized by self-justifying self-righteousness and self-justifying fanaticism."" The classic cliche about revolutions is recast thus: ""Revolutions intensify the ambiguity of power and end in a crisis of authority."" They may be typed by eight uniformities and five variables. Lehmann concludes: ""When the transfiguration of which revolutions are a sign happens to revolution in the making, revolution is liberated from itself for itself. . . . The via dolorosa bypasses the via guillotina and enters the via humana humanorum directly."" It is easy to make fun of this sort of thing, but many of the jesters are just anti-intellectual. On the other hand, it's books like this that give intellectuality a bad name.

Pub Date: Jan. 22, 1974

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Publisher: Harper & Row

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1974