​Deborah Edmeades
The Great Tree of Pagan Superstition, 2020
HD video with sound, 6m

Our rational worldview was founded, not as we imagine, through an inevitable progressive growing out of the need for religion, but in collusion with Christianity, against a polemical ‘Other’. In a founding document of the Enlightenment, the Historia Critica Philosophiae, Johann Jakob Brucker, a pious Lutheran defines the new discipline of rational philosophy through the tracing of its history against the perennial influence of pagan ideas. Philosophy’s final breaking away may have spelled the end of theology’s dominion, but not before its prejudice was encoded into the new paradigm.