“Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Jesus said to them, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him. (Mark 12:16-17, NRSV)
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.
This timely “flash” symposium explores how the crisis generated by COVID-19 might be analyzed through the lenses of political theology.
In times as uncertain as ours, these reflections serve as welcome reminders of the importance of political resistance, critique, and the near-militant self-awareness that characterizes Thoreau’s work.
We asked two thinkers to reflect on possible points of intersection between political theology and disability studies. Both thinkers approached this question by considering how critical disability studies might help inform our understanding of the ongoing crisis at the United States’ southern border.