In a world, where cartoonists and grocery shoppers are gunned down in Paris, and journalists are beheaded on Youtube, the annihilating self-communication of a suicide bomber serves as a ready-made opportunity for a radical claim at sovereignty, if only for a moment. To bomb is to communicate an absolute immanence. Such bombing is a demand for a response.
This paper assesses the Christian’s response to the use of such bombing-as-communication. It does so by first considering the agent of the response, and her self-identity as Christian, and then bombing as a form of self-communication, from: the perspective of its nature, the perspective of the horizon behind it, and the perspective of the horizon it points to. The paper goes on to ponder the response and its consequences, framed against an identity shaped by an understanding of Scriptural claims interpreted through the workings of continental philosophy.
Chase, C. A.. 2015. Assessing the Christian's Response to the Annihilating Self-Communication of a Suicide Bomber. Obsculta 8, (1) : 117-131. https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/obsculta/vol8/iss1/13.