Slavoj ?i?ek?s writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties. In The Puppet and the Dwarf he offers a close reading of today?s religious constellation from the viewpoint of Lacanian psychoanalysis. He critically confronts both predominant versions of today?s spirituality?New Age gnosticism and deconstructionist-Levinasian Judaism?and then tries to redeem the ?materialist? kernel of Christianity. His reading of Christianity is explicitly political, discerning in the Pauline community of believers the first version of a revolutionary collective. Since today even advocates of Enlightenment like Jurgen Habermas acknowledge that a religious vision is needed to ground our ethical and political stance in a ?postsecular? age, this book?with a stance that is clearly materialist and at the same time indebted to the core of the Christian legacy?is certain to stir controversy.