In addition to the blog, I help edit the journal Political Theology. My work at PT grew out of my interest in faith and politics, especially a Protestant tradition of faithful participation evident in figures such as Reinhold Niebuhr, Martin Luther King, and Walter Rauschenbusch. I hope my work is in some sense an extension of that tradition. My writing tends to analyze the political theology buried in debate about such issues as immigration, torture, and drones. Currently I’m researching the Tea Party and the New Christian Right.
My academic home is at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where I serve as Associate Professor of Religion. Chambersburg is a small but important town in terms of political theology. Located in south central Pennsylvania, it was a stop on the underground railroad, served as home to John Brown as he planned his raid on Harpers Ferry, and was burned to the ground in the Civil War. My primary responsibilities at Wilson are teaching courses in religion and Directing the Orr Forum.
Carl is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver, specializing in Continental philosophy, the philosophy of religion and the theory of religion. He is an internationally known writer and academic, who has authored numerous books and hundreds of articles on topics ranging from postmodernism to popular religion and culture to technology and society. His latest books are Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2015) and Critical Theology: An Agenda for an Age of Global Crisis (IVP Academic, 2016). His The Revolution in Religious Theory: Toward a Semiotics of the Event (University of Virginia Press, 2012) , looks at the ways in which major trends in Continental philosophy over the past two decades have radically altered how we understand what we call “religion” in general. Earlier books – GloboChrist (Baker Academic, 2008) and The Next Reformation (Baker Academic, 2004) – examine the most recent trends and in paths of transformations at an international level in contemporary Christianity. He is co-founder and senior editor of The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Brad Littlejohn has recently completed a doctorate in Reformation political theology at the University of Edinburgh, while also pursuing research and writing in a number of other areas of historical theology and ethics, and, belying the “no man can serve two masters” dictum, spending a few hours each week in the employ of Mammon as an investment advisor. Topics of particular interest include early modern Protestant political theology, the role of Scripture in public discourse, natural law, property rights, the ethics of finance and investment, theories of church discipline, and the emergence of “Anglicanism,” and the Mercersburg theology (he is author of The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity and editor of The Mercersburg Theology Study Series). As the adjacent picture suggests, it is his view that, given enough time and patience, the answer to almost any problem may be found within the pages of Richard Hooker. He blogs at www.swordandploughshare.com.
Apart from voyages by freighter ship and riding my bicycle as far and as long as I can, I like to write. My recent work has focused on the engagements with theology by leading critics in the Marxist tradition (The Criticism of Heaven and Earth, 5 vols, 2007-12). I am currently working on Lenin and Theology, pursuing another dimension of this tradition. In the last few years, I have focused on Eastern Europe and China, stumbling on a number of significant (and almost lost) texts relating to early engagements between Christianity and communism. As a result I am visiting professor at the universities of Renmin (Beijing) and Fudan (Shanghai), although when at home I am a research professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
My interests in political theology have their roots in the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition and the ways this has been articulated and put into practice within Christianity – especially in Catholic social thought and teaching, but also in the various writings of philosophers such as Jacques Maritain and Alasdair MacIntyre. Questions about the nature of the good society, democratic participation, the language of human rights, the common good and Christian moral engagement in political life remain central concerns for me. I am involved in Christian faith-based responses to international development through work with the UK-based aid agencies CAFOD and SCIAF, and I have recently helped establish the HIV, AIDS and Religion Collaborative (HARC) www.harc-network.org which brings together academics of various disciplines working at the interface of religion and issues related to HIV and AIDS. In terms of my work with the journal, I have been keen to bring a broader range of voices into conversation within the pages of Political Theologyrepresenting different religious and ideological commitments, bringing activist and practitioner insights into dialogue with academic concerns, and offering more globally diverse contributions.
Brian R. Gumm
Brian is a minister in the Church of the Brethren and is a lay theologian specializing in the intersections of the Anabaptist tradition and radical theory/praxis fields such as the restorative justice movement. Brian holds degrees from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (MA, Conflict Transformation) and Seminary (Mdiv). Brian lives in rural Iowa in the US and works in educational technology, while pursuing his intellectual and writing interests for various blogs and journals, as well as exploring church-planting with an emphasis on community peacebuilding. He blogs regularly at Restorative Theology and can be found on Twitter: @bgumm.
M. Owais Khan
M. Owais Khan is a Phd Candidate in the Religion Department at Syracuse University. He served as a lecturer at Fatih Sultan Mehmet University’s Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul between 2010-2012. Before that he completed a M.A in liberal political philosophy from Georgia State University and a B.A in philosophy from the University of North Carolina. Currently, his philosophical research is concerned with the idea of neutrality in liberal multiculturalism and its relationship to secularism. His historical research explores the formations of early modern political theology in the Ottoman and Moghul Empires.
I live in Syracuse, New York, where I teach in Syracuse University’s Religion Department and where I’m involved in political organizing with the Solidarity Committee of Central New York. I research and teach on religion and politics, philosophy of religion, and race. My most recent research concerns natural law in African American political thought. I’ve written The Problem with Grace (Stanford, 2011) and Law and Transcendence(Palgrave, 2009), and I’ve edited Race and Political Theology (Stanford, 2012) and Secular Faith (Cascade, 2011, with Elliot Ratzman). More information about my research and teaching is here. I have two cats.
My fields of interest are politics and religion, political theology, philosophy of religion, and history of early modern philosophy. I did my MA in philosophy at ELTE Budapest, and was a postgraduate and later doctoral scholar at the Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven, with the stipend of the Soros Foundation and the KU Leuven (1998-2004). I taught philosophy at various universities in Hungary and was an associate professor at the University of West Hungary. I was research fellow at the Institute for Philosophical Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences between 2005-2009. Recently I moved (back) to Belgium with my family. I was visiting scholar at the Centre Pieter Gillis, Antwerp University in 2010. I am member of various international research projects on religion, democracy, and pluralism, as well as in political theology (in Finland, Norway, and Italy). I am associate researcher at the Centre for Metaphysics and Philosophy of Culture at the Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven and EC Secretary of the International Research Network on Religion and Democracy (IRNRD). My publications include Discoursing the Post-secular: Essays on Habermas’ Post-Secular Turn, (LIT Verlag, Münster-Wien-London-Zürich) 2010, co-edited with Aakash Singh; From Political Theory to Political Theology: Religious Challenges and the Prospects of Democracy, Continuum, London, 2010, co-edited with Aakash Singh; Philosophy Begins in Wonder: An Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy, Theology, and Science, Pickwick, Eugene (Or), 2010, co-edited with Michael Funk Deckard; and Political Theology: Theological Perspectives for the 21st Century, co-edited with Mika Louma-aho and Aakash Singh, Ashgate, London, 2011.
Katharine Sarah Moody
Katharine is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, UK, where she is developing a new research network, “Philosophy and Religious Practices.” Her own research examines the relationship between continental philosophy, radical theology and lived religion, and in particular between emerging Christianity and the work of John D. Caputo, Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou and Simon Critchley. Her books include Post-Secular Theology and the Church: A New Kind of Christian is A New Kind of Atheist (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming 2014), and Radical Theology and Emerging Christianity: Deconstruction, Materialism and Religious Practice (Ashgate, forthcoming 2014). She blogs at katharinesarahmoody.tumblr.com and tweets at @KSMoody.
John Reader is Rector of the Ironstone Benefice in the Diocese of Oxford and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow with the William Temple Foundation (University of Chester. UK). His first degree was from Oxford (Philosophy and Theology); then an M.Phil from Manchester University, and finally a Ph.D from the University of Wales, Bangor on “The Problem of Faith and Reason after Habermas and Derrida”. He has taught on a number of courses and been Director of Pastoral Theology at an Anglican theological college. His books include Local Theology (SPCK); Blurred Encounters (Aureus); Reconstructing Practical Theology (Ashgate); Encountering the New Theological Space co-edited with Chris Baker (Ashgate) and Christianity and the New Social Order (Atherton, Baker and Reader. SPCK). He is also a visiting scholar at OxCEPT based at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.
Politics of Scripture Editor
Matthew A. Shadle
Catholic Social Ethics Editor
I am an Associate Professor of Theology at Loras College, an archdiocesan college in Dubuque, Iowa. I teach moral theology, particularly focusing on social ethics, fundamental moral theology, and sexual ethics. I am also the director of the college’s Democracy and Global Diversity program, a part of our general education curriculum that uses the innovative Reacting to the Past role-playing pedagogy to explore how moments of crisis in historical democracies can shed light on democratic citizenship today. I received my B.A. in Religion from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology at the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio. An edited version of my doctoral dissertation was published as The Origins of War: A Catholic Perspective in 2011 by Georgetown University Press. I have also published “No Peace on Earth: War and the Environment” in Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Environment, edited by Tobias Winright and published by Anselm Academic in 2011. I have also had articles and book reviews published in Political Theology, Theological Studies, Horizons, and theJournal of the Society of Christian Ethics. My research focuses on the development of Catholic social teaching and its intersection with both fundamental moral theology and the social sciences, with special focus on war and peace, the economy, and immigration. I am also interested in the church in Latin America and take a class to Peru every two years. I live with my wife, Gisella Aitken-Shadle, in Dubuque.
Timothy F. Simpson
I live in Jacksonville, FL where I teach at the University of North Florida. My wife Kathryn McLean and I are both ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA. In addition to my academic and pastoral interests I have also been involved in political activism, hence the connection to this journal, and am active in both the ecumenical organization the Christian Peace Witness and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. I have three children, two adults and a teenagers and am a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins, as well as an equally longtime hater of the New York Yankees.