In Walsh-Keesmaat,Colossians Remixed, we are exploring how a postmodern world can grapple with Paul’s “totalizing” worldview in Colossians.
Instead of just accepting the totalizing claim of the opponents and dissing the totalizing claim of Paul, what if we — they ask — “apply a Foucauldian critique to both the author of Colossians 2 and the philosophy itself?” (105)
As a regime of truth, the philosophy depends on deceit for its power. It is a human tradition and construction. It is preoccupied with powers. The status of the proponents is that of an umpire. Paul has good grounds for dismissing the philosophy as a regime of power and truth.
What about Paul’s? Is it just another regime of truth like the philosophy’s? Tomorrow.