T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology
Edited by Elizabeth Phillips, Anna Rowlands and Amy Daughton
T&T Clark, 2021, xiii + 721 pp., hbk £160, pbk £49.99
This is an excellent resource. The editors have produced a volume that can be used as an introduction to the study of ‘political theology’ from a theological perspective, as an aid to teaching and learning, and as a tool for those who are more familiar with the field.
In the midst of our contemporary malaise, comprising political upheavals, the climate emergency, the rise of populisms and the proliferation of authoritarian regimes, mass migration, war – the list too sadly goes on and on – the study of political theology enables informed theological interpretation of the signs of the times. It helps us see more clearly how theological tropes and themes are deployed and (mis)used politically, enables us to understand in what ways the Church is a political body with agency, and also helps us discern the weaknesses and sometimes failure of churches.