This is a brilliant post. I wish I had composed it. Definitely better than anything I have ever written.

Disruptive Grace


Melancholia and the Apocalypse of God (Guest Post by Joel Avery)

“What after all are these churches now if they are not the tombs and sepulchers of God?” – Friedrich Nietzsche (1)

“He feels he has lost the meaning of life. Out of this awareness the religious question arises. The awareness of the predicament is most sharply expressed in great art, literature, and, partly at least, the philosophy of our time.” – Paul Tillich (2)


Lars von Trier’s film, Melancholia, raises what Tillich calls “the religious question” and can be read through the lens of radical theology. This approach offers both an interpretation of the film and an entrée into radical theology.

Melancholia tells the story of two sisters, Justine and Claire. In the first part of the film, Justine has just been married and arrives at her wedding reception, held at Claire’s mansion. What follows is a…

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