Political Theology Today A forum for interdisciplinary and interreligious dialogue

All posts tagged Bible

19302392981_79bf6391ec_o

Christian Political Theology Needs To Grow Up And Become A Real Discipline (Jonathan Cole)

Contemporary Christian political theology presents a rather confusing picture. A cacophony of voices offers conflicting accounts of what the Bible says about politics and what a normative Christian attitude towards politics ought to look like. Many of these accounts infer or perform eisegesis on Scriptural warrants for any number of […]

Read More
worldfair

Book Preview – Understanding The Rhetorical Forms of the Culture Wars (Cathleen Kaveny)

Cathleen Kaveeny.  Prophecy Without Contempt:  Religious Discourse in the Public Square.  Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2016.  Hardcover.  464 pp.  ISBN-10:0674495039. The following is a book preview by the author. In a nutshell, the thesis of my new book Prophecy Without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square is that […]

Read More
ancient text

How to Read Ancient Texts

I would like to make a modest proposal for reading ancient texts like the Bible. Of course, I am by no means the first or last to make such a suggestion. But my interest is quiet specific: how might texts are read in relation to socio-economic life? As with many scholars, I take the position that the texts are as vital as the variegated archaeological data, indeed that the texts themselves may be seen as “archaeological,” although more in a Foucauldian sense.

Read More

The Politics of Elijah: Struggling with Elijah’s Legacy (2Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14)

We are the heirs of Elijah’s legacy. His influence is evident within later writings of the Bible, the Bible’s earliest commentators, and within the Bible-shaped parts of our own culture. But how might we assess our inheritance? Elijah is a hero of the covenant. Moses redivivus. A witness to God’s justice and mercy for those without power. And yet. . . Elijah’s legacy is also that of a “troubler” (1Kings 18:17-18). Although the prophet denied the title, the Jewish rabbinic tradition has not been afraid to name troubling features of his ministry. He seems more pre-occupied with his own difficulties than those of the people. He does not advocate for the Israelites. He uses violence.

Read More
scrolls

The Politics of Christ as King (Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37)

Increasingly in liturgical circles it is becoming politically incorrect to talk about the “kingship” of Christ. Such a term now brings with it all the baggage of patriarchal interpretations of the biblical text. It calls to mind the exploitation brought about by colonial powers, abuses of power at the hands of politicians, and perhaps every abuse of power—abuses which represent heinous tragedy and sin. However, while we lament such abuse it is important to remember that power, in political terms, is itself neutral. It is a gift given by God in creation, which when wielded in the hands of human beings can be used for either selfish or selfless purposes (usually with correspondingly negative or positive results). Unfortunately, too often we as human beings struggle to monopolize power for our own sakes and consequently abuses occur…

Read More
Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com