Johann Metz, memory, modern nation-state

Remembrance, 9/11’s Theology, and Metz

I nearly wrote a Metzian-like response to 9/11 the other day. Instead I chose to go with terse. Still, I couldn’t get the Metz response out of my mind, but thankfully before I began, I checked Mike’s blog. He has put up a four-part response taken from his paper, “‘We Will Never Forget’: Metz, Memory, and the Dangerous Spirituality of Post-9/11 America.” I liked it so much that I put it in my works consulted page for my MA thesis back when I wrote that. Mike’s paper is well worth a read and you can find here parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. So go read it.

You can also go to Vox Nova where Mike posts if you want to find combative (and often purposely misreading) comments. Find parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.


3 thoughts on “Remembrance, 9/11’s Theology, and Metz

  1. John says:

    This Open Letter was written in response to Sept 11.


    It later morphed into this remarkable book which is introduced here.


    Plus an essay from the book which gives a very sobering assessment of the current state of the world altogether, and how we got to here.


    But all of that was/is the inevitable outcome of Western patriarchal “culture” and its drive to total power and contol over every one and every thing, and the simultaneous war against the body–or really ALL of manifest existence.

    These 3 references all touch upon this theme.




    Plus Western “culture” altogether is deeply patterned by death altogether. This essay re the “Culture” of Death explains why.


    By the way I enjoyed Mikes analysis of the cultural amnesia/ignorance of the usual dreadfully sane American every-person.

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