Force of God

Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Carl A. Raschke

Columbia University Press

Force of God

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Pub Date: August 2015

ISBN: 9780231173841

208 Pages

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Pub Date: August 2015

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Force of God

Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Carl A. Raschke

Columbia University Press

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.
Carl Raschke both acutely examines key thinkers and thoroughly, deeply develops the historical and theoretical contexts for their respective theories. Force of God, with its depth of engagement, will change the ongoing conversation around the relationship of political theology and subjectivity to past, present, and future articulations of 'democracy.' Victor E. Taylor, York College of Pennsylvania
Force of God is a manifesto of searing personal vision with the rhetoric to match. Mike Grimshaw, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Carl Raschke's contribution to political theology offers a sustained and profound genealogy of the conceptual forces that constitute our era. Based on extensive scholarship that discloses obscured insights from the tradition of radical Continental philosophy, he illuminates and challenges the forces of religion, economy, and politics in our time. This is a deep theoretical treatise on our present and future troubles. Philip Goodchild, University of Nottingham
Highly recommended. Choice
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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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.