Essays

Matthew’s careful quotation of Isaiah 60 urges us to perceive that the birth of the poor, brown boy in a back corner of the Roman empire was the dawning of God’s glory upon humanity. Let us, then, celebrate—not with fear and self-preservation, but with confident investment in human flourishing.

The Politics of Scripture

“What do I owe my fellow citizens whose conscience reaches different conclusions than my own?”

History

It seems like an important task of political theology is to critically reflect on moments of political crisis by pulling back the veil on its latent theological content.

States of Exception

How we conceive of diakonía sheds a potentially critical light on existing roles and institutions associated with ‘service’.

Traditions

We must develop strategies to resist the political deployment of the image of the innocent victim as a tool of further oppression and we must seek to mobilize the image of the innocent victim towards the end of emancipation and liberation.

The Politics of Scripture

Queries on enfleshment, the nature of materiality and the corporeal intertwining with histories of coloniality and race relations cannot be separated from an understanding of political theology and its mobilization.

History

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

History
God Finds a Way

Joseph knows that this situation with Mary is not about legalities, or honor or shame or what other people may think or say; it is about God bringing Christ to the world. All that matters is God’s call. Joseph honors Mary, and their marriage, this family, as the opportunity God has created to bring hope, salvation to all the world.

The Politics of Scripture

Let us remember Metz’s apocalyptic witness dangerously, in our texts and in our embodied acts of solidarity.

History

While political theology must possess planetary (global) concerns, it must work locally and collaborate across locales to further understanding, decision, and action to meet those concerns.

History

Rather than understanding political theology as a single school of thought, I seek to define political theology as a more inclusive category by looking at the rich historical resources within each of the Abrahamic religions that help each tradition unpack the complex relationship between the political and theological spheres

History

“Can’t the disadvantaged be advantaged without disadvantaging us? Does their uplift necessarily have to entail our own loss?”

The Politics of Scripture