Monday, 4 May 2009
Eagleton's Puzzling Last Sentence

The last two sentences in Terry Eagleton's essay here and also his new book,  “Reason, Faith and Revolution, are these: "There are no guarantees that such a transfigured future will ever be born. But it might arrive a little earlier if liberal dogmatists, doctrinaire flag-wavers for Progress, and Islamophobic intellectuals got out of its way."

Yet it seems that in neither the essay nor the book, at least according to this review by Stanley Fish, is Islam discussed at all. Instead, Eagleton seems to discuss Western theology in opposition to secularism, and especially pop-atheism, which he disdains, but not Islam. So why the gratuitous final swipe at "Islamophobic intellectuals"?

If he assumes that Islam is anchored in transcendental values, he is wrong.

Posted on 05/04/2009 9:43 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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