Radical Political Theology

Religion and Politics After Liberalism

Clayton Crockett

Columbia University Press

Radical Political Theology

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216 Pages

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Radical Political Theology

Religion and Politics After Liberalism

Clayton Crockett

Columbia University Press

In the 1960s, the strict opposition between the religious and the secular began to break down, blurring the distinction between political philosophy and political theology. This collapse contributed to the decline of modern liberalism, which supported a neutral, value-free space for capitalism. It also deeply unsettled political, religious, and philosophical realms, forced to confront the conceptual stakes of a return to religion.

Gamely intervening in a contest that defies simple resolutions, Clayton Crockett conceives of the postmodern convergence of the secular and the religious as a basis for emancipatory political thought. Engaging themes of sovereignty, democracy, potentiality, law, and event from a religious and political point of view, Crockett articulates a theological vision that responds to our contemporary world and its theo-political realities. Specifically, he claims we should think about God and the state in terms of potentiality rather than sovereign power. Deploying new concepts, such as Slavoj Žižek's idea of parallax and Catherine Malabou's notion of plasticity, his argument engages with debates over the nature and status of religion, ideology, and messianism. Tangling with the work of Derrida, Deleuze, Spinoza, Antonio Negri, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, John D. Caputo, and Catherine Keller, Crockett concludes with a reconsideration of democracy as a form of political thought and religious practice, underscoring its ties to modern liberal capitalism while also envisioning a more authentic democracy unconstrained by those ties.
A tour de force that should be required reading for theologians, philosophers, and critical, political and economic theorists alike. Brent A. R. Hege, Radical Philosophy
This is a thoughtful, clearly written and challenging book. Philosophy in Review
...this is a valuable work indeed that deserves a wide hearing in theological circles. Daniel Liechty, Religion
Crockett... introduces his concept of radical political theology through an impressive analysis of its relation to the rise of the Religious Right. This capacity to intertwine the theoretical and the everyday is part of the promise of [his] thought... Political Theology
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Freedom of Radical Theology After the Death of God
1. The Parallax of Religion: Theology and Ideology
2. Sovereignty and the Weakness of God
3. Baruch Spinoza and the Potential for a Radical Political Theology
4. Carl Schmitt, Leo Strauss, and the Theo-Political Problem of Liberalism
5. Elements for Radical Democracy: Plasticity, Equality, and Governmentality
6. Law Beyond Law: Agamben, Deleuze, and the Unconscious Event
7. Radical Theology and the Event: St. Paul with Deleuze
8. Plasticity and the Future of Theology: Messianicity and the Deconstruction of Christianity
Conclusion: Six Theses on Political Theology
Notes
Index

About the Author

Clayton Crockett is associate professor of philosophy and director of religious studies at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity, and Event and Interstices of the Sublime: Theology and Psychoanalytic Theory, and is coeditor of Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and the Dialectic.