Political philosophy and Political theology in the Western tradition, always had a “strange alchemy” in between. The partnership between political philosophy and Christian theology in the Western tradition in promoting the modern notions of sovereign state and democracy has already been exposed by the contemporary post-Continental political thinkers. Giorgio Agamben, the well-known Italian political philosopher and theologian categorically exposes the correlation between the Western concept of sovereign state and the ancient patristic theology of divine sovereignty. This correlation was further legitimized by the Hobbesian (Thomas Hobbes) political philosophy and the Schmittian (Carl Schmitt) political theology in the modern period.
When Johann Baptist Metz and Jurgen Moltmann envisioned a new turn in political theology in the form of a Liberation Theology in the Post-Auschwitz German context, they reclaimed the political content of Christian faith, but never addressed the inherent compromise on the notion of sovereignty. The post-Continental political thinkers such as Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, and Catherine Malabou problematise the legitimisation of sovereignty in the Continental (postmodern) political theology and provoke Christian theology to take a radical turn towards New Materialism. This book tries to engage with those contemporary political philosophies in order to envisage a radical political theology in the immediate Indian context of corporate capitalism.
1. Empire, Multitude, and the Church: Political Theology after Hardt and Negri
2. Subalternity, Marginality, and Planetarity: Spivak and the Postcolonial Political Theology
3. Messianic Politics and Church: Political Theology of Giorgio Agamben
4. Religion as the Ethico-Political Practice of Justice: Political Theology after Ambedkar
5. Theology as Political Practice: Political Theology after Gilles Deleuze
Rev. Dr. Y. T. Vinayaraj is an ordained minister of the Mar Thoma Church. Currently, he serves as the Professor at Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam & Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture (FFRRC), Kottayam. His recent books include Dalit Theology after Continental Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Intercessions: Theology, Liturgy and Politics (ISPCK, 2016); Theology after Spivak (ISPCK, 2016); Re-claiming Manyness: Re-reading M.M. Thomas in the Light of Indian Christian Theologies (Co-editor, SATHRI, 2017); Re-imagining Reformation (Co-editor, ISPCK, 2017); Empire, Multitude and the Church: Theology after Hardt and Negri (ISPCK, 2017), Church and Empire: Detailing Theological Musings (Christian World Imprints, 2019), and Faith in the Age of Empire (ISPCK/CWM, 2020).