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The Theological and the Political: On the Weight of the World
Fortress Press / 2011 / Hardcover
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Mark Lewis Taylor has always worked at the intersection of the political and theological. Now, in this intense and exciting work, The Theological and The Political he systematically explores how those two dimensions of human reality can be conceived anew and together.
Taylor argues that the decline of political discourse, the justification of torture and preemptive war, the misuse of religion to justify atrocity, and most especially the sheer weight of suffering in the world--all these developments urge us to reconceive theology itself.
In conjunction with the latest insights of political theory, postcolonial thought, and spectral theories in contemporary philosophy, Taylor suggests that the political is the context of the theological and a realm in which we can discern, beyond simple categories of transcendence and immanence, a transimmanence that is theologically illuminative and politically liberating.
The Theological and The Political is strikingly original, theoretically robust, ethically sensitive, and politically resonant in a moment when so many forces are working to erode the possibilities of human flourishing. Mark L. Taylor has effected nothing less than a wholesale transformation of the discourse of theology--in deep solidarity with those who struggle with courage and dignity for a more righteous world.
--Corey D.B. Walker, Associate Professor of African Studies, Brown University
Intriguing , well-researched, Mark Taylor's new project is also challenging. He introduces new catagories to find a way beyond the binaries of transcendence and immanence in the search for 'the theological' in the political.
--Peter C. Hodgson, Professor of Theology Emeritus, Divinity School, Vanderbilt University
Mark Lewis Taylor at his best! The Princeton professor of theology and culture offers here to his readers a deep, pathbreaking essay on our refelective relation to the diivine amid the painful, perilous resistance to the earthly powers that be. A must-read for all concerned with the survival of humankind in the contemporary predicament of our planet.
--Otto Maduro, Professor of World Chrisitanity, Drew University
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