On Political Theology And Religious Poetics – A Tribute To Luis León (Roger K. Green)

If politics names the power relations regarding the polis, in their deliberative form, then ‘the political’ names the environment in which those power relations operate.  From the outset of Western civilization, Aristotle saw the polis or ‘State’ as this environment.  For him, it was organic and had life, as well…

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“Damn It, He’s An Injun!” Christian Murder, Colonial Wealth, And Tanned Human Skin (Tink Tinker, wazhazhe udsethe)

The New Polis is honored to present Dr. Tinker’s follow-up piece to “Redskin, Tanned Hide: A Book of Christian History Bound in the Flayed Skin of an American Indian: The Colonial Romance, christian Denial and the Cleansing of a christian School of Theology,” published in The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Volume…

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The Catastrophe Of Thought – Political Theology, Political Spirituality, And The Courage Of Truth, Part 1 (Michael Dillon)

The following is the first of a two-part series. As this clip from the 7th Edition of The World Economic Forum (Davos) Global Risks Report 2012 illustrates, the event as catastrophic emergency has become the point of application for the biopower wielded by contemporary governance both local and global. But…

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Willie Jennings And Palestinian Theologies Of Liberation – Naming The Missing Piece (Katherine Rainger)

Willie James Jennings, author of the award-winning The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, argues that issues of race and the Christian faith are so entangled in American life that one cannot be understood without reference to the other: Race in America is a form of religious faith,…

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The Deep Framing By Totality (Roger Green)

A variety of competing descriptions of ‘whiteness’ making up racist retreats to Romantic imaginaries of Anglo-Saxon identity go at least as far back as Thomas Jefferson.  Jefferson had imagined himself in an anti-papal tradition of resisting “the Norman yoke,” installed in with the papal backing of the French invasion of…

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Nor On The Soles of Her Shoes? The King Of Infinite Space (Roger Green)

The tendency toward universalizing concepts has its legacy within the foundation of Religious Studies as a discipline, which, though little known outside the field, has recently interrogated its underwritten Protestant biases.  This work continues, despite the fact that many religiously sentimental scholars merely take discussions of “postsecularism” to be an…

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