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  • Imaginative assemblages of transcendent/desire: Non-heteronormative
           Malaysian men speak up and talk back
    • Authors: Goh J. N.
      Pages: 125 - 140
      Abstract: Many non-heteronormative Malaysian men find themselves on the receiving end of political, socio-cultural, and religious condemnations of their sexual identifyings and expressions. Their lived realities are often considered invalid, including from religious and theological perspectives. This article is a queer socio-theological project that examines the lived realities of six non-heteronormative Malaysian men who speak up and talk back on their sexualities and spiritual sensibilities. Using a Constructivist Grounded Theory Methodology, and aided by the theological musings of Marcella Althaus-Reid and a document of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences as analytical frameworks, this article analyzes and theologizes the complex processes of transcendent/desire, or negotiations of the "Profoundly More" and sexuality in the narratives of these men. This article suggests that transcendent/desire can be imaginatively assembled in three interrelated forms: (i) as embodied connections with the transcendent; (ii) as a vocation; and (iii) as an imperative to flourish.
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647104
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Techniques of religion-making in Sweden: The case of the Missionary Church
           of Kopimism
    • Authors: Nilsson, P.-E; Enkvist, V.
      Pages: 141 - 155
      Abstract: This article is an analysis of the recognition of the Missionary Church of Kopimism as a faith community by the Swedish state. The analysis draws on post-Foucaultian writings on governmentality and seeks to understand what kind of normative and proscriptive understandings of "religion" guide the process. The authors argue that the recognition reveals fundamental aspects of the Swedish state’s performative role in the recognition of faith communities which challenges any unreflective classification of it as "secular."
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215613145
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • "The Islamic State is not Islamic:" Terrorism, Sovereignty and
           Declarations of Unbelief
    • Authors: McCarthy C. D.
      Pages: 156 - 170
      Abstract: This article examines the Islamic concept of takfīr (the declaration that one is not a Muslim) as it is used in secular-pluralistic contexts, within a larger delegitimizing discourse against terrorism. I argue that this takfīr as deployed by "liberal" Muslims, functions to legitimate the state’s use of coercive force. Furthermore, the secular state may in turn draw upon these discourses to co-opt the right to determine authentic Muslim identity. However, in doing so the state is forced to enter into a religiously discursive space. Takfīr notably becomes the site of contention over secular state sovereignty for determining the value of life, where religious individuals both challenge and affirm this sovereignty. This reveals the dynamics in the relationship between secular conceptions of sovereignty and religion, as it pertains to the justification of violence.
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215613143
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • On Roland Boers Marxism and theology
    • Authors: Sharpe M.
      Pages: 171 - 178
      Abstract: This piece aims to provide a synoptic introduction to Boer’s claims in the five volumes of Marxism and Theology. Obviously, such an account must miss many important nuances across the host of critical readings Boer assembles, guided by his broadly Jamesonian manner of reading the texts with a view to their biblical and theological claims. Nevertheless, by aiming at a synoptic view of a truly compendious contribution to scholarship, it is hoped that the piece will provide assistance to readers, and encourage them to test their own intuitions and thoughts against the original texts. The final part of the article stands back from this "standing back": and asks questions concerning Boer’s treatments of biblical criticism, with and/or against theology; and concerning the role of what might be called (even despite Boer’s own protests) a kind of "secularised" Calvinism in Boer’s work and its interest in a post-Marxian politics of grace.
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647107
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • A Jamesonian theory of theological practice: A critical response to the
           work of Roland Boer
    • Authors: Boucher G.
      Pages: 179 - 189
      Abstract: In a conjuncture marked by the "resurgence of religion," the problem of historical materialism’s relation to religious ideologies has acquired a new urgency. The work of Roland Boer, recently awarded the Deutscher Prize for his magnum opus on Marxism and Theology poses this question from a surprising perspective. While his main claim is that religious influences in Marxist theory represent a sort of theological unconscious in historical materialism, at the same time Boer also advances an original Marxist interpretation of the Abrahamic religions, especially Christianity. This line of research, which extends from his dissertation on Jameson and Jeroboam through to his most recent work on The Sacred Economy, proposes that theology is a reflective representation of the social totality. In this article, I criticize Boer’s valorization of theology as a practical discourse that is postideological but non-theoretical, and conclude by indicating an alternative.
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647105
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Taking detours toward the Aufhebung of Religion: Roland Boer on the
           attachment between Marxism and political myth
    • Authors: Jeffs R.
      Pages: 190 - 198
      Abstract: This article responds to Roland Boer’s Marxism and Theology (2007–13) that offers a unique contribution to understanding the current impasse in revolutionary Left politics and illustrates the importance of the numerous references to theology in Marxist literature. In this response, I focus on Boer's argument of Marxism and Judaeo-Christian theology occupying a similar contested space with respect to their uses of "political myth." I argue that the key to Boer’s critical project is a two-pronged approach: "materializing" theology and "theologizing" historical materialism. For this critical endeavor to make inroads, it relies not just on the ambivalence of political myth, but also that myths are essential to Marxist theories of emancipation, as well as to Marx’s notion of "the Aufhebung of Religion." I focus on two figures: Ernst Bloch as a Marxist who emphasizes myth’s emancipatory qualities; and Theodor Adorno as wary of myth while adhering to the theological motif of the bilderverbot. From this analysis, we can begin to see how much Boer’s project depends on a wager on political myth itself.
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647106
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Calvin, Althusser and the cunning of myth: What to do after the revolution
    • Authors: Boer R.
      Pages: 199 - 207
      Abstract: This article is a response to Matthew Sharpe, Geoff Boucher, and Rory Jeffs, concerning my Criticism of Heaven and Earth (2007–14). It replies to their critiques, especially in terms of Fredric Jameson and Louis Althusser, political myth and the question of theology itself through John Calvin. My underlying concern is the distinction between ‘before October' and ‘after October'; that is, the theoretical perspectives of living and working before the revolution or after it. Increasingly, my interests have turned to socialisms in power, in terms of both the problems faced and creativity induced. The remainder of the article examines the ramifications of this perspective for understanding the complex intersections of Marxism and theology.
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647108
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Jack Jacobs, The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism
    • Authors: Braune J.
      Pages: 208 - 212
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647111
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Terrell Carver and Daniel Blank, A Political History of the Editions of
           Marx and Engels "German Ideology Manuscripts."
    • Authors: Goldstein W. S.
      Pages: 212 - 217
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647110
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • David Black, ed., Helen Macfarlane: Red Republican
    • Authors: Reitz C.
      Pages: 217 - 220
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647113
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Crockett Clayton, Radical Political Theology: Religion and Politics after
    • Authors: Guzzi E.
      Pages: 220 - 223
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647109
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Terry Lindvall, God Mocks: A History of Religious Satire from the Hebrew
           Prophets to Stephen Colbert
    • Authors: Feltmate D.
      Pages: 224 - 226
      PubDate: 2016-08-04T01:47:05-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303216647112
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
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