Deleuze's philosophy of immanence vigorously rejects every appeal to the beyond. For this reason, it is often presumed to be indifferent to the concerns of religion. Daniel Barber shows that religion and Deleuze's thought are both motivated by a demand to create new modes of existence. Thus, the enemy of Deleuze's philosophy is not religion but the transcendent. Deleuze and the Naming of God shows how Deleuzian immanence is able both to oppose religious transcendence and to enter an alliance with immanent accounts of the name of God. In doing so, it shows a way out of the paralysing debate between religion and the secular.
Daniel Colucciello Barber is Fellow at the The Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry.