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The Future of Political Theology

Religious and Theological Perspectives, 1st Edition

By Mika Luoma-aho

Edited by Péter Losonczi


226 pages

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Recent shifts in the contemporary cultural, political, and religious landscape are engendering intensive attention concerning political theology. New trends and traditional ideas equally colour these movements. Given that a medley of recent books and articles have exhaustively treated both the history and the current resurgence of political theology, we now find ourselves faced with the task of reinventing and redefining the future of political theology. This book presents a rich overview of fresh, contemporary theoretical approaches uniquely prioritizing the prospects of the future of political theology, but also making room for significant interventions from philosophy and political theory. Including prominent essays on Judaic, Islamic, Buddhist and Christian perspectives, this book balances elements from post-modern theology with more classical as well as anti-post-modern approaches.


’This new book moves beyond Christianity […] to include contributions from Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. The latter is of particular importance, given the current global rebalancing through the rise of China and India, and their religions.’ Church Times 'The highlight of the book is certainly its ambitious goal of the future of political theology. It is successful in presenting an alternative way of doing theology - by broad definition and in an ethos of pluralism… [It] masterfully functions as a pool of thought from which one can draw ideas, posit them side-by-side and gain a fresh understanding of political theology and its function in the political reality.' The Expository Times '… this volume’s attempt to locate a visible presence for political theology in the public realm is provocative, important, and will no doubt garner the careful attention it deserves.' Religious Studies Review ’This is a good range of essays which goes into certain themes in considerable detail whilst calling into question the existence of political theology itself as having a future at all.’ Heythrop

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Graham Ward; Introduction, Péter Losonczi, Mika Luoma-aho and Aakash Singh; Part I The Past of Political Theology: Concepts and Challenges: The secular sphere in Western theology: a historical reconsideration, Matthias Riedl; Political theology and its discontents, Michael Hoelzl; 'How should we live?': nature, metaphysics, and political wisdom, András Lánczi. Part II Political Theology and the New Theological Trends: The interruption of political theology, Lieven Boeve; Is orthodoxy radical?, Catherine Pickstock; From first theology to political theology, Péter Losonczi; Neither cosmopolis nor ghetto: religion and the intimate universal, William Desmond. Part III Contexts of Political Theology and Future Prospects: Political theories in Europe: a crossroads, Kornel Zathureczky; The spiral of violence and the non-violent power of Christ: a theological reading of the political philosophy of István Bibó, András Csepregi; Family code and marriage laws in Iran, Roja Fazaeli; The political theology of Navayana Buddhism, Aakash Singh; Millenarian development goals: commentary on the political theology of the Millennium Declaration, Mika Luoma-aho; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Péter Losonczi: fields of research are early modern and contemporary philosophy of religion, inter-religious dialogue, and postsecularism. His publications cover these areas and he is involved in several related research projects. He is editor of the book series Schnittpunkte/Intersections (LIT Verlag, Münster) and Dialogos (L'Harmattan, Budapest), and a member of the editorial board of the journal Katekhón. His publications include Reflecting Diversity: Historical and Thematical perspectives in the Jewish and Christian Tradition (co-edited, Lit Verlag, 2007) and forthcoming edited and authored books include: Religion, Philosophy, Theology: On the Idea of Interreligious Dialogue (authored, in Hungarian, Akadémiai, 2009); Religio Academici: Religion, Scepticism, and the Pursuit of Knowledge (co-edited, Akadémiai 2009); Philosophy Begins in Wonder: An Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy, Theology, and Science (co-edited, Pickwick, Eugene (Or), 2009). Mika Luoma-aho: is in the editorial board in both of the two Finnish political science journals, Politiikka and Kosmopolis. His research interests include critical international relations theory, political conservatism, and Christian political symbolism. He has published several articles internationally on Carl Schmitt's political theory and theology, most recently in International Political Sociology (3:2009). He is also the responsible leader of a research project on the political theology and civil religion of Laestadianism, a Christian revival movement, also funded by the Academy (€375,000, 2010-2). Aakash Singh's scholarly interests range from comparative political philosophy to liberation theology. He is author/editor of several books, including: Eros Turannos (authored, UPA, 2005); a French edition/translation of Maulana Azad's India Wins Freedom (ICCR, 2006); Buddhism and the Contemporary World: An Ambedkarian Perspective (co-edited, Bookwell, New Delhi, 2007); Reading Hegel: The Introductions (co-edited, Re.Press, Melbourne, 2008). Forthcoming books include: Macaulay's Post-Modern Children: Post-Colonial Theory as Neo-Orientalism (authored, Routledge, New Delhi); Indian Political Thought (co-edited, Routledge, UK); Hegel's India (co-edited, Palgrave-Macmillan, UK); and, B. R. Ambedkar's The Buddha and His Dhamma: A Critical Edition (co-edited, Oxford University Press, New Delhi).

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State