Abstract

The controversial contemporary French author Michel Houellebecq is generally regarded as anti-religious. His works explore the implications of postmodern, capitalist-dominated culture. I argue that, particularly in The Possibility of an Island, Houellebecq in fact offers resources for thinking constructively about religion in postmodernity. Particularly, Houellebecq explores the themes of faith, hope and love. I suggest that Houellebecq's discussion of the theological virtues has Augustinian resonances. Through a close reading of The Possibility of an Island, I explicate what Houellebecq has to say about the theological virtues, and I begin to consider broader implications of Houellebecq's work.

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