This article, which is argumentative in nature, interrogates and critiques Peter Rollins’s hermeneutic of
the crucifixion. This is done by calling into question Rollins’s reliance upon the writings of Slovenian
dialectical materialist Slavoj Žižek, especially with regard to the focus on the cry of dereliction. It is
argued, ultimately, that Rollins’s hermeneutic of the crucifixion contravenes the very co-ordinates that
he has set up for his own theological-political project and argues for critically rethinking the way that
otherness is conceived of in the hermeneutics of the emergent church milieu that Rollins is proposing.