By Gerard Loughlin
Gerard Loughlin is among the top theologians operating on the interface among faith and modern tradition. during this extraordinary paintings, he makes use of cinema and the movies it exhibits to consider the church and the visions of wish it screens. It discusses quite a few motion pictures, together with "The Alien Quartet", Christopher Nolan's "Memento", Stanley Kubrick's "2001: an area Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange", Nicolas Roeg's "The guy Who Fell to Earth" and Derek Jarman's "The Garden". It attracts on quite a lot of authors, either old and sleek, spiritual and secular, from Plato to Levinas, from Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar to Andre Bazin and Leo Bersani. It makes use of cinema to contemplate the church as an ecclesiacinema, and movies to contemplate sexual wish as erotic dispossession, as a fashion into the lifetime of God. it's written from a noticeably orthodox Christian viewpoint, immediately either Catholic and critical.
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Extra resources for Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology
T]he spirit rolls along from psalm to psalm, leaps from the gospel to St Paul, from Paul to the prophets, from there it is carried off to holy stories. 111 This is forever Leonard’s plight, the difficulty of keeping focused, as he repeatedly reorders his memories, his notes and photographs. As long as he concentrates on a particular topic or task he can remember what he has just done, what he is doing and what he is going to do. But a sudden distraction – the slam of a car door – or a moment of tiredness, and his concentration is broken, the immediate past gone, and once more, like Sisyphus, he must begin his memorial labours.
The logic of facts and keen penetration are characteristic of the man; the ASC01 09/10/2003 03:37 PM Page 25 Desiring Bodies 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 25 woman is more led by emotion, sensitivity and intuition. H. Peschke, Christian Ethics [Dublin: Goodliffe Neale, 1978], vol. 2, p. 377; quoted in Moore, Body in Context, p. ) Such a differentiation of the sexes is a solipsistic return to the same, since the womanly traits are the disavowed projection of a masculine paranoia. See further Daphne Hampson, After Christianity (London: SCM Press, 1996), pp.
Levinas, Time and the Other, p. 89. Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, translated by Richard Howard (London: Jonathan Cape,  1979), p. 135. Levinas, Totality and Infinity, p. 270. Christian theology finds the coming of God in the ‘going towards God’ that, for Levinas, is the ‘going towards the other person’. ’ Levinas in Kearney, Dialogues with Contemporary Continental Thinkers, p. 59. See further below, chapter 5 (God’s Sex). Levinas, Time and the Other, p. 94. Galen quoted in Peter Brown, The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity (London: Faber & Faber, 1988), p.