Many of you asked for it – now you get it! We are excited to announce the release of the paperback edition of The New Materialism.
Religion, Politics, and the Earth: The New Materialism (Radical Theologies) Paperback
‘I love the sense of urgency from Crockett and Robbins. By invoking the earth as subject, they have named our emergency situation today. This book is a true manifesto. It is comprehensive and encyclopedic. And as a renewal of radical theology as an insurrectionary political theology, it just might be a new species of liberation theology. Don’t miss this book!’
In celebration of this release, we wanted to have some fun. So here is what the co-authors, Clayton Crockett and Jeffery Robbins came up with.
You Might be a Radical Theologian if:
- The idea of the death of God fills you with excitement rather than dismay.
- You are suspicious of priestly authority — whether in its ecclesiastical or academic forms.
- In college your favorite philosopher was Nietzsche, and your favorite aphorism was: ‘be careful when you stare into the abyss, because the abyss is also staring back at you.’
- You disagree with traditional theology’s obsession over individual salvation — and more pointedly, with the theological rendering of death as the prerequisite for life.
- You cried when Thomas J. J. Altizer died. Wait–he’s not dead? How is that possible that God is dead and Altizer is still alive!?
- You conceive of theology as a creative endeavor — that is, not as a reduplication of an already given, inherited, or predetermined faith, but for its possibility of generating new concepts and different formulations of extremity.
- You have ever tried to deconstruct a sermon by _______ (insert popular evangelical preacher here).
- You have a tattoo of the cover art of Erring—Robert Morris’s labyrinth—somewhere on your body.
- It actually makes sense to think of theology as a ‘discourse formation.’
- You refuse the category of the sacred, or at the very least take more delight in locating the sacred within the profane rather than distinguishing the former from the latter. It is in this sense that radical theology is a secular theology by grounding the sacred/profane distinction in the shared saeculum.
- The first person who comes to mind when you see the initials ‘JC’ is John Caputo, as opposed to—well, you know.
- You also acknowledge radical theology’s own limitations and blindspots — most specifically, radical theology has heretofore remained almost exclusively an academic theology lacking in both a politics and an ecclesiology, its voice of protest has all too often not risen beyond that of white, male frustration, and instead of seeking out common cause with the poor and the oppressed it has all too often remained aloof and self-obsessed.
Please feel free to add your own in the comment section below.
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