Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

by Carl Raschke

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Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy by Carl Raschke

For theorists in search of a political theology that is more responsive to the challenges now facing Western democracies, this book tenders a new political economy anchored in a theory of value. The political theology of the future, Carl Raschke argues, must draw on a powerful, hidden impetus—the "force of God"—to frame a new value economy. It must also embrace a radical, "faith-based" revolutionary style of theory that reconceives the power of the "theological" in political thought and action.

Raschke ties democracy's retreat to the West's failure to confront its decadence and mobilize its vast spiritual resources. Worsening debt, rising unemployment, and gross income inequality have led to a crisis in political representation and values that twentieth-century theorists never anticipated. Drawing on the thought of Hegel and Nietzsche as well as recent work by Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Joseph Goux, Giorgio Agamben, and Alain Badiou, among others, Raschke recasts political theology for a new generation. He proposes a bold, uncompromising critical theory that acknowledges the enduring significance of Marx without his materialism and builds a vital, more spiritually grounded relationship between politics and the religious imaginary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231539623
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 466 KB

About the Author

Carl Raschke 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 the author of Fire and Roses: Postmodernity and the Thought of the Body, GloboChrist, and Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory. Cofounder of the Global Art&Ideas Network, he is senior editor of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and current events editor for Political Theology Today.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Part 1. Historical and Theoretical Considerations
1. Liberal Democracy and the Crisis of Representation
2. Force of Thought
3. Force of Art
4. Force of the Political
Part 2. The Genealogy of Crisis
5. Force and Economy
6. Force of Exception
Part 3. Toward a Political Theology in the Twilight of the Political
7. Force of God
8. The End of the Political
9. God, the State, and Revolution
Notes
Index

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