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Liturgical pharmacology: Time of the question, complexity and ethics

Calvyn C. du Toit, Gys M. Loubser
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3214 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3214 | © 2016 Calvyn C. du Toit, Gys M. Loubser | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 October 2015 | Published: 31 May 2016

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Calvyn C. du Toit, Department of Christian Dogmatics and Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Gys M. Loubser, Department of Christian Dogmatics and Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Bernard Stiegler depicts technics as the human’s tertiary memory retention generating a pharmakon with both curative and malignant potential. He additionally rues the posthuman epoch’s depletion of a ‘time of the question’: revealed in the prevalent inaptitude for wisdom – scilicet long-term acuity. We offer Christian liturgy as an abeyant psychotechnique arcing the current pharmakon to cure through soliciting a ‘time of the question’. Rejuvenating Christian liturgy as a psychotechnique can bolster a broader societal ‘time of the question’. Firstly, we describe technic’s du jour mise on scène. Secondly, we constrain Christian liturgies as complex systems incorporating malleability, temporality, and instability. Thirdly, we imagine Christian liturgy as empty tradition allowing amateur repetition of ancient art enticing a ‘time of the question’.

Keywords: Liturgy; Ethics; Technology; Stiegler; Complexity; Paul Cilliers; Van Huyssteen


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