Conscious belief always contains an unconscious excess that does one of two things. Either it 1) sustains the conscious belief by disavowing the “underside” of that injunction or 2) instructs the believer to transgress the conscious belief.
Žižek argues that Christianity is the perfect example of “perverse” belief, which is characterized by multiple strategies to disavow what we suspect is true while maintaining fidelity to a cause. The death of God means that the only remnant of God left – the Holy Spirit – is the radical, egalitarian community bound by love that embraces material existence and pursues liberation.
The Christian must decide whether to leave the mysteries of the faith in a state of paradoxical limbo or follow the antagonisms to their unsettling conclusions.