The Split of God

Pentecostalism and Critical Theory

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Nimi Wariboko
SUNY Series in Theology and Continental Thought
  • Albany, NY: 
    State University of New York Press
    , March
     262 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Spencer Moffatt forthcoming.


Offers a critical Pentecostal philosophy of God that challenges orthodox Christianity.

Although Pentecostalism is generally considered a conservative movement, in The Split God Nimi Wariboko shows that its operative everyday notion of God is a radical one that poses, under cover of loyalty, a challenge to orthodox Christianity. He argues that the image of God that arises out of the everyday practices of Pentecostalism is a split God—a deity harboring a radical split that not only destabilizes and prevents God himself from achieving ontological completeness but also conditions and shapes the practices and identities of Pentecostal believers. Drawing from the work of Slavoj Žižek, Jacques Lacan, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Giorgio Agamben, among others, Wariboko presents a close reading of everyday Pentecostal practices, and in doing so, uncovers and presents a sophisticated conversation between radical continental philosophy and everyday forms of spirituality. By de-particularizing Pentecostal studies and Pentecostalism, Wariboko broadens our understanding of the intellectual aspects of the global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Nimi Wariboko is Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics at Boston University.

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