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Kyle Lambelet

Kyle Lambelet is Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theology and Ethics at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He teaches and researches at the intersection of political theology, religious ethics, and social change. His first book ¡Presente! Nonviolent Politics and the Resurrection of the Dead (Georgetown University Press, 2019) explores the moral and political dimensions of nonviolent struggle through an extended case study of the movement to close the School of the Americas. His current research examines the apocalyptic dimensions of talk about climate change, and how apocalyptic political theologies can offer resources for pastoral and political engagement in the midst of endings. His research has been published in the Journal of Religious Ethics, Political Theology, Social Analysis, and the Journal of Anglican Studies.

Symposia

20 years, 3 Questions

To commemorate twenty years of the journal Political Theology, we asked a variety of scholars, including those in the Political Theology Network’s editorial collective, to reflect on where the field has been, where it is, and where it is going.

Reconsidering Public Theology

Is public theology a worthy aim politically? Is public theology necessarily political? Is “the public” of public theology a unitary entity? Who are some paradigms of the public theologian? Can public theology speak in a milieu of deep pluralism? What are the publics of political theology?

The Figure of King

These essays chip away at the patina that has built up around King’s figural representation in our collective political culture.

Emerging Crisis of Neo-liberalism

We delve into the theoretical and politico-theological genesis of the crisis of neo-liberalism.

500 Years of Reformation(s)
Tradinistas: A New Catholic Socialism?

In a post published on Friday, I discussed a recently established group, the Tradinistas, who seek to wed a traditional Catholicism with socialism. In that post, I began an assessment of the Tradinistas’ attempt at a Catholic socialism to date, which I will continue in this post.

The Politics of a General Assembly

Serving as a commissioner is both an honor and a butt-numbing burden.

The Politics of a General Assembly

Serving as a commissioner is both an honor and a butt-numbing burden.

Essays

Where Does God Dwell?

By spiritualizing place, and thereby transmogrifying place-based identities into racialized ones, Christianity cooperated with the machinations of settler-colonial capitalism in its world-making project. Thus, returning to a consideration of land as one location of God’s action is basic work for any political theology that aspires to move in a decolonial direction.

Reasoning about (Non)violence in the Hong Kong Protests

It is not always clear what we mean by violence or nonviolence, though, like pornography, we assume, we’ll know (non)violence when we see it.

Being ¡Presente! An Interview with Diana Taylor

“What can we do when apparently nothing can be done, and doing nothing is not an option?” Theologian Kyle Lambelet and performance theorist Diana Taylor discuss the challenge and possibilities of presence within systems that seem to allow no alternative.

PTN managing editor transition

Outgoing editor Kyle Lambelet welcomes Wonchul Shin as the new managing editor for the PTN website.

Viral Sovereignty

In the face of COVID-19, we do not have the capacity to breathe, much less decide.

We’re hiring!

The PTN seeks to hire a managing editor to organize people and content across the network.

Contextual crisis analysis

The question for us, and for the field of political theology, is how do we wish to live in the end?

Submit now! 2nd Annual Essay Contest

What should hold the field of political theology together? Or, is asking such a question merely an attempt to consolidate hegemony?

2nd Annual Essay Contest

What should hold the field of political theology together? Or, is asking such a question merely an attempt to consolidate hegemony?

Join the team!

Want to play a role in shaping the future of the Political Theology Network? We’re hiring!

The End is Nigh!

What would it mean to take apocalyptic talk as a sign of the times: as revealing, uncovering, and disclosing something basic about the cosmos? Could such talk be the beginnings of an eco-apocalyptic political theology?

From Social Work to Social Change

It is through our own wounds that we’re called into the work of transformation.

Commemorating James Cone

The founder of Black Liberation Theology, the Rev. Dr. James Cone died on April 28, 2018. We asked scholars, religious leaders, and activists around the Political Theology Network to share their brief reflections on the passing of this scholar, pastor, visionary, and prophet.