Theology and a will for change

The desire to study theology is often linked to a desire to change things in the world. This course discusses and analyzes questions concerning the relationship between theology and politics, the possible contribution of theology to the sustainability of life, and the dynamics of different theological views concerning the political-theoretical function of theology. Political and ecological perspectives in contemporary theology are analyzed using Hannah Arendt’s political theory. The course takes up the social, ethical, and political consequences as three different perspectives in theology. The theological perspectives are in turn discussed in relation to secular theories of economics and ecology.

Arendt, Hannah, 1992. Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. (156 p.) Arendt, Hannah, 2006.

Arendt, Hannah, 1993. What is Politics? (available online) (20 p.)

Avila, Charles, 1983. Ownership: Early Christian Teaching. New York: Orbis Books. (170 p.)

Book of Amos, New Revised Standard Version. (8 p.)

Butler, Judith, 2018. Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly. New York: Harvard University Press. (256 p.) OR * Raschke, Carl A. 2019. Neoliberalism and political theology: from Kant to identity politics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (208 p.)

Carlsson, Petra, 2018. Foucault, Art, and Radical Theology: The Mystery of Things. London: Routledge. pp. 92-138 (46 p.) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

Cone, James, 2013. The Cross and the Lynching Tree. New York: Orbis Books. (224 p.)

Kameron Carter, 2019. “Black malpractice”, Social Text 139, vol 37, nr 2 (Duke University Press, 2019), pp. 67-107 (41 p.)

Keller, Catherine, 2018. Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Public. New York: Columbia. University Press (180 p.) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

Orr, David W. 2018. Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward. New Haven: Yale University Press. (320 p.)

Pui-Lan, Kwok, 2016. Postcolonial Intervention in Political Theology. I: Political Theology 17:3. S. 223-225 (3 p.)

Ramachandra, Vinoth, 2008. Subverting Global Myths. London: SPCK. S. 217-261 (44 s.)

Schwerin Rowe, Terra, 2017. Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. (180 p.) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

Spivak, Gayatri Shakravorty, 1993. “Can the Subaltern Speak?”. I Williams, Patrick & Chrisman, Laura (red.), Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader. New York: Columbia University Press. S. 66-111 (45 s.) (Laddas upp som pdf på kurshemsidan)

Wink, Walter, 2003. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (112 p.) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

Woodberry, Robert D. “The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy.” The American Political Science Review, vol. 106, no. 2, 2012, pp. 244–274. (30 p.)

Literature last revised on October 7, 2020.

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Petra Carlsson

Professor, Senior lecturer, priest

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Joseph Sverker

Teol. dr, Senior lecturer, Head of subject

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A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, Fx = Insufficient, F = Insufficient

Examination Format

  • Papers
  • Seminars

Kurser i teologi/religionsvetenskap, 120 hp, varav minst 15 hp systematisk teologi på fördjupningsnivå, eller godkända kurser för en kandidatexamen i teologi/religionsvetenskap, 180 hp, där minst 150 hp utgörs av teologi/religionsvetenskap eller motsvarande. Dessutom kunskaper i svenska och engelska motsvarande kraven för grundläggande behörighet.

  • Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.
  • Students have the opportunity to take the exam according to the original course syllabus within two years after the course. If there are special reasons, such a re-examination can also take place later. Normally, teaching is not given according to an older syllabus. The possibility of exemption shall be decided by the president or vice president.
  • If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.

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