Taylor argues that the decline of political discourse, the justification of torture and preemptive war, mass incarceration, the misuse of religion to justify atrocity, and most especially the sheer weight of suffering in the world—all these developments urge us to reconceive theology itself.
In conjunction with the latest insights of political theory, decolonial thought, and spectral theories in contemporary philosophy, Taylor suggests that the political is the context of the theological and a realm in which we can discern, beyond simple categories of transcendence and immanence, a transimmanence that is theologically illuminative and politically liberating.
- Publisher Fortress Press
- ISBN 9780800697891
- Format Hardcover
- Dimensions 6 x 9
- Pages 256
- Publication Date January 15, 2011
Endorsements"In this haunted, haunting journey through poetry, philosophy, and political theory, Mark Taylor reimagines 'the theological' as a practice irreducibly concerned with human suffering. A much–needed negotiation of political, liberationist, and philosophical strategies, this book operates in the 'ruins of transcendence,' where thinking is embodiment and interpretation survival—perhaps even transformation."
Assistant Professor of Religion
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
The Theological and The Political is strikingly original, theoretically robust, ethically sensitive, and politically resonant in a moment when so many forces are working to erode the possibilities of human flourishing. Mark L. Taylor has effected nothing less than a wholesale transformation of the discourse of theology—in deep solidarity with those who struggle with courage and dignity for a more righteous world.
—Corey D. B. Walker
Associate Professor of Africana Studies
"Mark Lewis Taylor at his best! The Princeton professor of theology and culture offers here to his readers a deep, pathbreaking essay on our reflective relation to the divine amid the painful, perilous resistance to the earthly powers that be. A must–read for all concerned with the survival of humankind in the contemporary predicament of our planet."
Professor of World Christianity
"Intriguing, well–written, and well–researched, Mark Taylor's new project is also challenging. He introduces new categories to find a way beyond the binaries of transcendence and immanence in the search for 'the theological' in the political."
—Peter C. Hodgson
Charles G. Finney Professor of Theology Emeritus
Divinity School, Vanderbilt University