Viral and Human Origins

If the scientific work of phylogenomics teaches us that evolutionary history is more complex, and less clear than we might have imagined, this has not had an effect on the commercialization of human racial ancestry.

Essays

The Sunken Place’s genius consists in the fact that it-itself conjures the genealogy of the “statement” it makes.

This is what it means to be speaking in tongues: not what the empires and the sub-empires of today want to hear—the sound of one voice, one language—but the vulnerable dissenting in their own—the sound of many, the sound of chaos, the sound like the “rush of a violent wind” (verse 2).

We welcome four new members to the journal editorial team.

Seth Gaiters and Aseel Najib are convening a virtual dissertation writing group for students working in political theology “in a broad sense, whether their disciplinary background is history, religious studies, anthropology, area studies, or some other field”…

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming this excellent cohort of scholars to the Political Theology Network.

Environmental degradation in Nigeria caused by exploitation of crude oil.

Environmental Justice and Settler Colonialism: A Political Theology of Climate Change

These questions of environmental justice become even more urgent in the face of our current crisis, as we see the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on the same communities who suffer the most from other environmental harms.

Ecology

A search for origins is also always a search for meaning. In a time of political crisis such as ours, when origin narratives are especially tempting, fresh reminders of their limitations and violent potential are welcome.

This second “flash” symposium seeks to continue our discussion on COVID-19, but from a broader, public angle.