Born out of Due Time

Works Reviewed: Erik Peterson Theological Tractates (edited, translated and with an introduction by Michael J. Hollerich) Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2011, xxx +256 pages. The term ‘political theology’ can be strikingly disconcerting, particularly when bandied about with a relaxed familiarity. Does it not suggest an unwarranted conflation of temporality and eternity? While all beliefs…

The Awakened Ones: Phenomenology of Visionary Experience

The Awakened Ones: Phenomenology of Visionary Experience, Gananath Obeyesekere, New York: Columbia University Press, 2012 (ISBN 9780231153621), xvii+622 pp., Hb $50.00 Gananath Obeyesekere, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, begins his latest work with the rather bashful admission that its length is “beyond all decent bounds.”  Those willing to commit to its many pages,…

Book Review: Giorgio Agamben The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government

Giorgio Agamben The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government (Translated by Lorenzo Chiesa and Matteo Mandarini) Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011, 303 pages Theological studies on glory were, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben tells us, knocked off course for a long time by the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Balthasar,…

Review: Jo Guldi Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State

Review: Jo Guldi Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2012, 297 pages. Infrastructure Wars: Connectivity and the Role of the State The opening paragraph of Jo Guldi’s Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State plunges the reader into the sinkhole of a 1726 British road large enough…

Julia Kristeva The Severed Head: Capital Visions

Review: Julia Kristeva The Severed Head: Capital Visions  (Translated by Jody Gladding) New York: Columbia University Press, 2012, 162 pages. Lost Icons:  Julia Kristeva on Resurrection, Representation, and the Power of Thought. by Joshua Paetkau As we come to rely, more on more, on the digitization of information and its collection into the vast archival…

Sanctorum Communio

The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is best known for his role in the opposition to Hitler’s Nazi regime and his The Cost of Discipleship, one of the most powerful explications of grace since Martin Luther. Sanctorum Communio, Bonhoeffer’s doctoral dissertation and first published work, is less well known but no less theologically significant. For in…