Miller, Daniel
January 2011
Political Theology;Jan2011, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p87
Academic Journal
Scholars from a variety of disciplines have questioned the adequacy of secular liberal democracy as a model for the socio-political, leading to a number of responses. This article examines and critiques the sociopolitical proposal of the theologian Graham Ward, who argues that theological communities provide the only means of exceeding the play of commodified surfaces in the cultural context of advanced capitalism. The difficulty is that, due to the metaphysical structure around which Ward constructs his theo-political edifice, his proposal leads to a dangerous form of identity politics. The critique of Ward's position is drawn from the thought of Jacques Derrida, who also questions the adequacy of secular liberal democracy. Derrida's religious formulation of the "tout autre" (wholly other) disrupts the metaphysical closure postulated by Ward and leads to an alternative socio-political vision. In contrast to Ward, Derrida's model of the theo-political is defined by the disruption of identity politics.


Related Articles

  • Rogue Democracy and the Hidden God. Weber, Samuel // Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World;2009, p382 

    A chapter of the book "Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World," edited by Hent de Vries and Lawrence E. Sullivan, is presented. It explores the political ideology of philosopher Jacques Derrida in his trilogy which include "Specters of Marx," "Faith and Knowledge," and...

  • The Moods of Marianne: Of Hijabs, Nikes, Implicit Religion and Post-Modernity. Ménard, Guy // Implicit Religion;Nov2004, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p246 

    Discusses the question of secularity in France in the perspective of a new law passed by the French government in 2004, that sets out to prohibit the presence of all religious symbols in the public sphere. Significance of the analogy between wearing Nike running shoes and wearing a Muslim veil...

  • Stories That Matter: A Narrative Approach to Implicit Religion. Stahl, William A.; Stenmark, Lisa L. // Implicit Religion;Nov2004, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p256 

    Presents a narrative model for implicit religion. Dynamic structure of narratives in which the narrator is the moral agent who must exercise judgment and responsibility in mediating between the symbols embodying man's temporal experience; Revelation of the modern crisis of meaning as a crisis of...

  • Derrida, Death, and Forgiveness. McKenna, Andrew J. // First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life;Mar1997, Issue 71, p34 

    Reviews two books about the philosophies by Jacques Derrida. "Barth, Derrida, and the Language of Theology," by Graham Ward; "Gift of Death," by Jacques Derrida, translated by David Willis.

  • National colonial theology. Raz, Amnon // Tikkun;May/Jun99, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p11 

    Focuses on the categorization of society and culture in Israel. Distinction between secular and religious identities; Implications on the peace process; Description of the colonial dimension and the Orientalist images of secular aspects of the Jewish theological myth; Context of the Zionist...

  • To The Point.  // Munday Courier (TX);4/ 5/2012, Vol. 35 Issue 14, p4 

    The article offers the author's insights on the issue of characterizing the U.S. as a secular republic country.

  • How Not to Deconstruct a Dominican: Derrida on God and `Hypertruth'. Almond, Ian // Journal of the American Academy of Religion;Jun2000, Vol. 68 Issue 2, p329 

    Comments on the concept of writer Jacques Derrida on the relationship between negative theology and deconstruction. Manifestation of negative theology in the form of a promise; Emphasis on purification as logocentric symptom in negative theology; Significance of prayers in the Dominican sermons.

  • Writing in the Absence of the Word of God: Derrida, Christianity and the Commentarial Tradition of Judaism. DiMare, Philip C. // World Communication;1998, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p5 

    Seeks to address the points of view and understanding of Jacques Derrida, a French philosopher born in Algeria, on his exploration of the complex on the privileging relationship between the written and spoken texts of Christianity. Quotation of the concepts of Derrida about writing and speech...

  • God's Invisible Traces: The Sacred in Fallen Language, Translation and Literariness. Loevlie, Elisabeth M. // Literature & Theology;Dec2009, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p442 

    The story of the Fall inscribes the myth of a fallen language as the absolute other of the original sacred. Hence the dualistic scheme between a fallen materiality and a metaphysical God. This article explores how the death of this God is not merely a secular turn, but the opening of a...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics