Political Theology

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ISSN / EISSN : 1462-317X / 1743-1719
Published by: Informa UK Limited (10.1080)
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Published: 11 October 2021
Political Theology pp 1-16; https://doi.org/10.1080/1462317x.2021.1986201

This essay articulates a structural feature and difficulty in the notion of universal humanism: the mechanism of inner exclusion. First, by discussing the historical paradigm of membership in “Israel,” a conceptual–theoretical description of inner exclusion comes into view. There then follows a comparative analysis of inner exclusions in three discourses: schematic universal humanism, exemplified in the art installation United Bears, Kant’s universal experience of sublime, and the Palestinian Talmud (PT) approach to the divine law. The PT model suspends the impulses of the universalization, let alone the unification of law. This suspension is excluded from within in Kant’s universalism of a fully citable law. The applied result of this essay is that historical inclusion of the Jews in universal humanity ignores the conditions that enabled their exclusion from humanity in the first place.
Published: 7 October 2021
Political Theology pp 1-13; https://doi.org/10.1080/1462317x.2021.1986200

Media accounts often suggest that anger motivates the rise of populist political movements. Indeed, populism and anger are so closely associated in popular discourse as to become almost one: populism just is angry people doing politics. And today, many people are angry. I class accounts of anger into two groups. Some cultural critics and philosophers take anger as a fitting response to a wrong. Others take anger, or at least a certain type of anger, as opaque, directed at the injustices baked into a normative order. By turning to accounts of anger from the Hebrew Bible, where human and divine anger is closely tied with authority, I argue that the opaque concept of anger is often forgotten, or repressed. When it is recovered, we are attuned to questions of domination, and to possibilities for flourishing in a radically different world.
Published: 16 September 2021
This short commentary on this Special Issue highlights realms of uneasiness that current recalibrations of Political Theology can bring forward. The grammar of unease here discussed points to possibilities for affective counter-hegemonic power, to new theopolitical reading of Black religious movements (where there were previously none), to (self) estrangement as practice and analytics, and to critiques of a vagueness of whiteness as it exceeds socialized speech. Overall, the articles that constitute this special issues are vibrant examples of what current Political Theological work can offer in a productive engagement with multiple disciplines.
Published: 2 September 2021
Political Theology pp 1-14; https://doi.org/10.1080/1462317x.2021.1970091

This article argues that Hobbes’ contradictory references to God can be resolved if viewed through the lens of two prominent conceptualizations of God – the Reformist hidden God (deus absconditus) and the Epicurean idle God (deus otiosus). Contrary to scholars who argue that Hobbes’ God does not exist by nature and only comes into being through his representees, I argue that in the Leviathan, God may be incomprehensible or idle, but that He exists prior to His representees. With this characterization, Hobbes manages to assert God’s ultimate supremacy and challenge the authority of the Church while simultaneously reinforcing the necessity to submit to the sovereign. Establishing this point, the article places Hobbes’ theological argument in the context of two prevalent conceptions of God’s nature at the time of Hobbes’ writing and explains their political-theological relevance in the Leviathan. The article thus contributes to the continued debate about Hobbes’ view on God’s role in relation to the Commonwealth.
Published: 27 August 2021
Political Theology pp 1-16; https://doi.org/10.1080/1462317x.2021.1970089

Political ressourcement is a strategy for decolonizing political imaginations by drawing on means of human organization that predate European colonialism. One such resource in this regard is the millennia-old tradition of compositional politics in sub-Saharan Africa. The compositional tradition’s insights for contemporary political theology are twofold. First, basing a community’s identity upon amalgamation rather than exclusion offers a powerful means of building lasting political association. Second, such amalgamation has become a proven way of challenging colonial politics’ exclusivist understandings of tribal, ethnic, and racial identities. In commending this tradition as a means of political ressourcement, the essay draws from Paul Landau’s historical research of the South African highveld. It engages a wider conversation in African studies on the compositional tradition, then shows how this tradition has proven a vibrant strategy for decolonial action for twentieth and twenty-first century Christian churches.
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