Metaphysical Speculation: From Messianism to Christology
Thus far, this writing has attempted to take issue with an individualized notion of Jesus as the Christ by focusing on messianic social movements and popular artistry that resist domination systems and structures in part by opening up dangerous memories of other ways of living. I have argued that these memories conjured older social patterns practiced by tribal peoples and indigenous cultures. These (so-called) primitive lifeways and “native” wisdoms are associated historically with what anthropology has designated as hunter-gatherer, subsistence agriculture, and pastoral nomad social forms. In outlining such, I have highlighted biblical messianisms, in particular, as probing and championing more reciprocal social and environmental relationships in which survival was mediated by “otherkind”—by plants and animals in local ecologies, whose adaptive modes of existence and creative alliance with human communities kept “the wild” alive at the heart of the sacred. And in doing so I am positing a kind of fire-break between what the gospels report and what the Pauline epistles represent.
KeywordsIndigenous Culture Local Ecology Assertion Gain Popular Artistry Human Ingenuity
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