The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America
The new edition of Mark Lewis Taylor's award-winning The Executed God is both a searing indictment of the structures of "Lockdown America" and a visionary statement of hope. It is also a call for action to Jesus followers to resist...
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The new edition of Mark Lewis Taylor's award-winning The Executed God is both a searing indictment of the structures of "Lockdown America" and a visionary statement of hope. It is also a call for action to Jesus followers to resist US imperial projects and power. Outlining a "theatrics of state terror," Taylor identifies and analyzes its instruments - mass incarceration, militarized police tactics, surveillance, torture, immigrant repression, and capital punishment - through which a racist and corporatized Lockdown America enforces a global neoliberal economic and political imperialism. Against this, The Executed God proposes a "counter-theatrics to state terror," a declamation of the way of the cross for Jesus followers that unmasks the powers of US state domination and enacts an adversarial politics of resistance, artful dramatic actions, and the building of peoples' movements. Heralded in its first edition, this new edition is thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded, offering a rethinking of what being a Christian is and how Christianity should act to bring about what Taylor terms "a liberating material spirituality" to unseat the state that kills.
Mark Lewis Taylor is the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. Among his many publications is The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America (Fortress Press). He is also editor of Paul Tillich: Theologian of the Boundaries and coeditor of Reconstructing Christian Theology, both from Fortress Press. He is coordinator of Academics for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
- Prefaces; Introduction: The Executed God; Part I: Theatrics Of State Terror; 1. Lockdown America: A Theater Of Terror; 2. Theatrics And Sacrifice In The Us-led Imperium; Part Ll: A Counter-theatrics To State Terror; 3. Way Of The Cross As Adversarial Politics; 4. Stealing The Show: Way Of The Cross As Dramatic Action; 5. Way Of The Cross As Building Peoples' Movements I: Demilitarizing Us Police & Decarcerating The Us; 6. Way Of The Cross As Building Peoples' Movements 2: Abolishing Capital Punishment(s) And The State That Kills; Epilogue: Christian Living; Toward A Fullness Of Rebellion; For Further Reading: A Select Bibliography.