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Revivals: Now & Then

If nothing else, the national public attention and copy-cat movements following the Asbury Revival speak to the need for spiritual revival—as in the Great First Awakening, most people are dissatisfied with established religion and are looking for ways to experience a genuine spiritual awakening.

New Theologies of Nature

This symposium brings together three thinkers on the ideas of nature, animals, God, and the relationship between all of them.

The Politics of Atheism

The Politics of Atheism Symposium sheds light on atheism’s emancipatory force. With a commitment to immanence, atheism can provide a counterweight to the pervasive appeals to God or other transcendent ideas used to legitimate systems of domination.

Re-(En)Visioning Liberation: 50 years after Gustavo Gutiérrez’s A Theology of Liberation

Across these six essays, the role of liberation as either a political end or a methodological concept is problematized as means to thinking beyond liberation to a material politics darkly intuited but urgently needed.

The Many Works of Octavia Butler

Reading Butler’s fictional works against contemporary social, ecological, and geopolitical crises, her prescient ability to imagine and communicate a dystopic near-future from her writing desk in the 1980s and 1990s is uniquely prodigious

The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (2013)

“Literature–or “imaginative writing”–is not simply a window into understanding the theo-political positioning of author and reader, but also a medium for experimentation, in which the familiar is made strange and the strange becomes familiar. “

A Liberation of the Table: Christian Reflections on Animals, Eating, and Food Systems

The authors of this symposium nvite the reader to consider the liberation of those at the table, those on the table, those servicing and serving the tables, those raising, tending and harvesting for tables, and those without access to any table at all. 

Why Political Theology Needs Children

“Children give us immense joy, but they are also hard work. We have to do everything for them but sometimes we also have to resist the urge to help them, so that they can become independent. They grow up too fast, but also, often, way too slowly. When they rebel against us, it is a sign that we have raised them well. Could we treat our political theological categories similarly? Could we want for them this flexibility, or mutability, this growing independence from us who created them?”

The Science of the Last Things in Time of Climate Apocalypse

What happens when Catholic eschatology confronts the environmental apocalypse?

<strong>Religion, Rebellion, and Sovereignty: Malabar Rebellion and the Problem Space of Political Theology</strong>

The symposium initiates a conversation on the forms and practices of sovereignty in South Asia in the context of a peasant Muslim insurgency against British colonialism in 20th-century Malabar in South India.

Religion, State, Sovereignty: Interventions and Conversations

The essays seek a genealogy of and reckoning with the place of religion in modern regimes of sovereignty, its pre-colonial histories and post-colonial legacies, as well as an accounting of the fissures that remain in its emplacement, out of which new life continues to grow.