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Iconoclastic Theology

Gilles Deleuze and the Secretion of Atheism

F. LeRon Shults

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1. Hammering Theology
The Science of Non-Existing Entities
Anti-Oedipus, Anti-Christ
Anthropomorphic Promiscuity and Sociographic Prudery
Sacerdotal and Iconoclastic Trajectories
The Secrets of Theism
2. Breaking Theological Icons
The Inversion of Platonism
Christ as the Image of God
Anthropomorphic Prudery and Sociographic Promiscuity
Kant and the Genitality of Experience
Spinoza and the Vertigo of Immanence
Nietzsche and the Rising of the Simulacra
Overturning Religious Figures
3. Loosening Theological Chains
The Dogmatic Image of Thought
Christ as the Logos of God
The First Shackle: Analogy of Judgment
The Second Shackle: Identity in the Concept
The Third Shackle: Opposition of Predicates
The Fourth Shackle: Resemblance in Perception
The Liberation of Thinking
4. Releasing Theological Events
Paradox and Becoming
Christ as the Incarnation of God
The Aleatory Point
The Line of the Aion
The Metaphysical Surface
Sexuality and Pious Intentions
The Liberation of Acting
5. Assembling Theological Machines
Christ as the Judgment of God
Theology and the Territorial Machine
Theology and the Despotic Machine
Theology and the Capitalist Machine
Theology and the War Machine
The Liberation of Feeling
6. Secreting Atheism
The Production of Atheism
The Gospel According to Deleuze
The Forces of Theology

About the Author

F. LeRon Shults is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Agder, Norway. He is the author and editor of numerous books on Christian theology, the most recent include Saving Desire: The Seduction of Christian Theology (Eerdmans, 2011), Christology and Ethics (Eerdmans, 2010), Philosophy, Science and Divine Action (Brill, 2009), Christology and Science (Ashgate, 2008), The Holy Spirit (Eerdmans, 2008), Transforming Spirituality: Integrating Theology and Psychology (Eerdmans, 2006) and Reforming the Doctrine of God (Eerdmans, 2005).


In this exciting, tightly-argued and in some ways scandalous book, F. LeRon Shults deploys a sensitive yet shocking reading of Deleuze to offer us a new atheism. Unlike so many of the inept atheist movements of our age, his ideas are attuned to the deep calling of religious icons and to new sciences. His rigorous research in theology, easy style and the original tracks he cuts through Deleuze and Guattari's works make this a thrilling moment in the critique of religion and the invention of new theologies.

- James Williams, University of Dundee

This is an astonishing book. Shults has made Deleuze accessible and shown precisely how Deleuze’s conceptual world matters for theology. The interpretation is simultaneously true to Deleuze and an expression of a new turn in the thinking of one of the finest theologians of our era.

- Wesley Wildman, Boston University

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