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Radical Democracy and Political Theology$
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Jeffrey Robbins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156363

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156363.001.0001

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Political Theologies, or Finding an Alternative to Schmitt

Political Theologies, or Finding an Alternative to Schmitt

(p.128) Chapter Five Political Theologies, or Finding an Alternative to Schmitt
Radical Democracy and Political Theology

Jeffrey W. Robbins

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes two recent works that represent options regarding a new paradigm of political theology—which involves contrasting definitions and genealogies of political theology, each with its own articulation of the present challenges. The first representative theory comes from Mark Lilla, whose work, A Stillborn God, critiques modern liberal philosophy for its tolerance for political theology. Lilla views the persistence of political theology as a repudiation of the “great separation,” and therefore as a sign of the failure of modern liberalism and modern political order. A contrasting perspective is provided by Michael Allen Gillespie, whose The Theological Origins of Modernity raises objections to any of those who wish to purge either theology or religion from contemporary political and philosophical deliberations.

Keywords:   political theology, Mark Lilla, A Stillborn God, modern liberal philosophy, modern political order, Michael Allen Gillepsie, The Theological Origins of Modernity

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