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

Hardcover | August 11, 2015

byCarl A. Raschke

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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.

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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 ec...

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 t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231173849

ISBN - 13:9780231173841

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart 1. Historical and Theoretical Considerations1. Liberal Democracy and the Crisis of Representation2. Force of Thought3. Force of Art4. Force of the PoliticalPart 2. The Genealogy of Crisis5. Force and Economy6. Force of ExceptionPart 3. Toward a Political Theology in the Twilight of the Political7. Force of God8. The End of the Political9. God, the State, and RevolutionNotesIndex

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