Beyond the Spirit of Empire
In Beyond the Spirit of Empire, the authors analyze the global empire not only in its political and economic dimensions, but also in its symbolic constructions of power and in its general assumptions often taken for granted. How does empire...
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In Beyond the Spirit of Empire, the authors analyze the global empire not only in its political and economic dimensions, but also in its symbolic constructions of power and in its general assumptions often taken for granted. How does empire mould human subjectivity, for instance, and how does it affect the understanding of humans within the whole of creation? What are the religious dimensions of empire, its claims to divine attributes like omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, eternity, and what about its alleged exclusiveness and pervasiveness that destroys human life and freedom, which turns politics into a banal matter? The authors propose to look beyond empire to the possibility of politics and freedom, to the recovery of the notion of people, to the importance of ongoing concern for the oppressed and excluded, and to a messianic faith that allows us to live in anticipation, though ambiguously, of the promise of new times to come.
Nestor Miguez is Professor of Biblical Studies at Institutio Superior Evangelico de Estudios Teleogicos in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joerg Rieger (Ph.D., Duke University) is Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
He is author and editor of many works, including No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009); Beyond the Spirit of Empire: New Perspectives in Politics and Religion. co-authored with Nestor Miguez and Jung Mo Sung. (London: SCM Press, 2009); Christ and Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007); Editor, Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007); Opting for the Margins: Postmodernity and Liberation in Christian Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003) and God and the Excluded: Visions and Blindspots in Contemporary Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000).
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