Zizek on the perverse core of Christianity:
The big Other no longer exists. Perversion is a double strategy to counteract this nonexistence: an (ultimately deeply conservative, nostalgic)attempt to install the law artiﬁcially, in the desperate hope that we will then take this self-posited limitation “seriously, ”and, in a complementary way, a no less desperate attempt to codify the very transgression of the Law. In the perverse reading of Christianity, God ﬁrst threw humanity into Sin in order to create the opportunity for saving it through Christ’s sacriﬁce; the Absolute plays a game with itself - it ﬁrst separates itself from itself, introduces a gap of self-misrecognition, in order to reconcile itself with itself again. This is why today’s desperate neoconservative attempts to reassert “old values”are also ultimately a failed perverse strategy of imposing prohibitions that can no longer be taken seriously.
"The scientist is in the position of a Greek slave in Imperial Rome. He knows that he understands a host of important things which are completely unknown to his masters. This gives him a very painful feeling of isolation in the community. Perhaps in time it will become possible to make some of the fundamental ideas of science intelligible in the course of a cultural education and, conversely, to give more cultural background to the thoughts of scientists. The present system under which some men have the power and others have the knowledge is very dangerous."