This essay addresses the problem of capitalism by suggesting a theology of communitas, particularly as actualized in the coffee industry through the concept of After Trade.
A conversation with contemporary artist Kristen Cochran about her recent rock contour photograph/performances as well as her experiences of support structures for artists.
Christian Peacemaker Teams is an organization committed to building partnerships to transform violence and oppression.
An art installation by Los Angeles artist Erika Vogt that combines pulleys, plaster, found objects, drawings, and videos to create tension between our understanding of objects and to challenge prescribed art-making systems.
Christian love is the antithesis of sin, and it can end the separation in everyday life caused by spectacular capitalism.
A bathroom rendezvous ends in karaoke.
The much-neglected Frankfurt school of critical theory, which draws richly on Marxist theory, opens a path for collaborative opportunities between religious and social movements. Through an examination of the religious images present in Marx, Horkheimer, Benjamin, and Bloch, Rob Clements argues that there are dialectical possibilities that help us critique, and eventually overcome, the social inequalities evident in advanced capitalist societies.
Marxism v. Global Finance: A Review of Kenneth Surin’s Freedom Not Yet: Liberation and the Next World Order
A review of Kenneth Surin’s Marxist analysis of global finance, Freedom Not Yet: Liberation and the Next World Order.
Joerg Rieger discusses theology, Marx, the Occupy movements, and why we need to add questions of labor to the current theological discussions of capitalism and economics.
The introduction of Karl Barth into the Zizek/Milbank debate serves as the radicalization of the christological account of the monstrosity of Christ, properly accounting for the doctrinal and anthropological implications of the person of Jesus.
This is the story of a wealthy group of students who willingly gave up everything and the one vegan stew that kept them all together.
Why Does the Devil Have All My Best Songs? Daniel Johnston, David Liebe Hart, and the Living Outsider Artist
In this meditation on two contemporary outsider musicians, Nathaniel Rogers considers the power dynamics of listening and what we might learn about the beauties and pitfalls of cliché.
Karl Marx’s critique of religion is often misunderstood, and so the relevance of its insights for the Christian church go unrecognized. Taking Marx to church will present us with challenges and opportunities to struggle in solidarity with and for others in a world that is impoverished and decimated by global capitalism.
In a globalized economy defined by unequal, exploitative trade, the church faces the challenge of finding a truly Christian response to the destructive economy to which we are connected—a way out of unfair trade, beyond exploitation and beyond charity.
Brett Foster, The Garbage Eater (Evanston, IL: TriQuarterly Books, 2011). It is said that we are what we eat, that our appetites and outputs are in sync. Often, that’s also the case in the relationship between reading and writing. In reading Brett Foster’s debut poetry collection, The Garbage Eater, it becomes readily apparent that—for […]
In “William Banks’s Wager,” Brett Foster reconstructs a letter from William Banks, a British clerk who venerated the famous Mount Grace Priory, in which Banks beseeches the monks’ prayers and confesses, with slight pleasure, a certain theft.
In a weary admonition, the narrator of “Luke 13:30: Tired Application” instructs us to be watchful at the end of days, to look with grim hope at the “One coming who’s casting out devils, making the blind see.”
Mary Van Denend reviews Anne Doe Overstreet’s first book of poems, Delicate Machinery Suspended.
How can Christian engagement in conversations around human rights claims be sharpened by considering Karl Marx’s scepticism of such rhetoric?
Meredith Kunsa’s prose poem retells the memory of a Pentecostal service where her grandmother, “jabbering in a voice” she cannot understand, gives a command that both haunts Kunsa and compels her to conclude that there is no Jesus in her, that “I’m not who I think I am.”
Taking London, England, and Durham, North Carolina, as geographical and narrative bookends, Luke Bretherton looks at the history of movement between these two locations as a step toward making sense of his own recent move from London to Durham. By situating his own work on community organizing within this flow of movements, or peregrinations, between the two cities, Bretherton provides a historical and theological argument for a constructive relationship between Christianity and democratic politics.
The Blame Lies with the Christians: Helmut Gollwitzer’s Engagement with Marxist Criticism of Religion
Helmut Gollwitzer’s engagement with Marxist criticism of religion stimulated his thinking as he worked through how theology and its gospel proclamation should relate to philosophy, science, and politics in a manner that remains relevant in the contemporary North American context.
A sonnet about work.
Reflections on why we ride.
Christianity and Marxism are bound together by the thought of liberation, but it is time to think liberation as a problem in itself, as a matter of prophecy rather than of conversion.
D. L. Mayfield explores her personal experiences of American inequality and considers what social justice might really looks like.
The economy of salvation enacted by Christ on the cross displays the divine economy of plenitude, ceaseless generosity, and superabundance.
Theodor Adorno, Alain Badiou, Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Slavoj Žižek: What do these thinkers have in common? First, they are all Marxists.1 Second, they have all received significant attention in the theological community; each of these theorists, for example, has been the subject of a full-length volume in Continuum’s exciting Philosophy […]
We live in a world shaped by capitalism, an economic model that (we’re told) provides the very best opportunity for economic and social mobility, the very best economic system to promote human flourishing. It’s a narrative the Western church has dogmatically adopted and, as a result, the good news of Christianity has become fused with […]