What, if anything, comes after the insurrection of theology?

Colby Dickinson

Abstract


Over the course of Judeo-Christian history, the boundaries endemic to its theological thought have been dualistic in nature. The clashes between the orthodox and the heretical, nomianism and anti-nomianism, apophatic thought and cataphatic thought, and theology from above versus theology from below have been all too evident. Recent trends in the field of Political Theology have developed a sub-genre of Radical Theology—best exemplified by the work of Ward Blanton, Clayton Crockett, Jeffrey W. Robbins, and Noëlle Vahanian—which is attempting to subvert such dualisms in hopes of rejecting traditional Western models of Onto-theology in favor of a theology that sparks genuine creation within the political realm. The article that follows is an assessment of the vitality of such an Insurrectionist project in terms of its ability to follow through on the promise of construction. All too often, projects of deconstruction are left stranded amidst the wreckage which they have wrought without any hope of something arising from the ashes. To what extent is the Insurrectionist project similar, and how does it differ? It is to these questions that we now turn.  


Keywords


Radical theology; political theology; deconstructionism; messianism; insurrection; non-dualism; hyper-nomianism; plasticity; onto-theology

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391