Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude

Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude

by Joerg Rieger Vanderbilt University; author of Christ And Empire, Kwok Pui-lan


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Occupy Religion introduces readers to the growing role of religion in the Occupy Movement and asks provocative questions about how people of faith can work for social justice. From the temperance movement to the Civil Rights movement, churches have played key roles in important social movements, and Occupy Religion shows this role is no less critical today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442217928
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/09/2013
Series: Religion in the Modern World Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 164
Sales rank: 908,288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Joerg Rieger is Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of numerous books, including Christ and Empire. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Kwok Pui-lan is William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School. She is the most recent past president of the American Academy of Religion and author of several books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Why Occupy Religion?
Chapter 2 We Are the 99 Percent
Chapter 3 The Multitude Springs into Action
Chapter 4 Theology of the Multitude
Chapter 5 Reimagining the God of the Multitude
Chapter 6 Envisioning the Church of the Multitude

What People are Saying About This

Rita Nakashima Brock

This compelling, comprehensive look at the spiritual heart of the Occupy movement not only issues achallenge to those trapped in liberal, modern understandings of religion, but it also captures Occupy’s rich possibilities forglobal transformation and new theologies. It places faith right where it belongs: in the public spheres that ought to serve justice for all, to protect human rights and freedom, and to promote a common good and sustainable life on earth.

Roger S. Gottlieb

Engaged theology at its best: passionate, articulate, and informed by deep knowledge of tradition and awareness of the pressing realities of contemporary political and personal life. A splendid resource for students, their teachers, and all who search for the sacred in a world of destructive economic and political domination.

Wonhee Anne Joh

Inspired by the global mass protests of 2011, Occupy Religion proposes a Theology of the Multitude that challenges traditional ways of thinking about religion, transcendence, and the ecclesial community. The significance and the reach of these global mass protests of 2011 will be on-going. By suggesting there is a symbiotic relationship between the 1% and the 99%, Rieger and Kwok contest religious concepts that have been used to reinforce the top-down domination of the 1%. Occupy Religion is a must read for those of us concerned with the confluence of religion and the logic of to-down domination as well as for those resisting and working with a vision that another world is possible!

Andrew Sung Park

Occupy Religion is a brilliantly unfinished book of theology that constantly opens a door to a new hope for multitude. In line with the Social Gospel movement and the Civil Rights movement, this book involves the church in the Occupy Movement for the sake of 99 percent of the US population. With the aspiration of foretasting the just and compassionate Reign of God in the United States and the rest of the world, this new theological movement emerges from the 'deep solidarity' with the people of the Occupy Movement, a fundamental challenge to the present practice of neoliberal American capitalism. I highly recommend this book to all justice loving Christians.

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Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
joelpugh More than 1 year ago
There are lots of ways to look at this "Occupy" movement. Some are: How does this effect Wall Street? How does this effect me? Will this enfleunce my kids? This book was not designed to specifically address these topics, if it was it would not deserve 5 stars. This book addresses the background and spirit of this movement from the perspective of Religion, primarily the Bible. Like the movement or not, cheer the movement on or be annoyed by it, once you have looked at the movement from the lens provided by "Occupy Religion" you will feel a new comfort with it, maybe a new hope for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago