Articles

A complete list of articles, presentations, conference speeches, reviews are available in the Curriculum Vitae. Watch for more PDFs to be uploaded here, over time.

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“Fearing Trump & Voting for Clinton – Some FAQs.” Special Posting

 

“Christianity and US Prison Abolition: Rupturing a Hegemonic Christian Ideology,” in Socialism and Democracy Vol 28, No 3 (December 2014): 172-188.

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Decolonizing Mass Incarceration: ‘Flesh Will Wear Out Chains.'” Special Issue: Decoloniality and Crisis, in the Journal of Culture and Religious Theory 13.1 (Winter 2014): 121-42.

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“Liberating the New Materialism.” Review essay of Clayton Crockett and Jeffrey Robbins, Religion, Politics, and Earth: The New Materialism. In Political Theology. Forthcoming, 2014/2015.

The Cry of Victims and Dussel’s Philosophy: Liberation Beyond Habermas and Levinas.” A review essay of Enrique Dussel’s Ethics of Liberation in the Age of Globalization and Exclusion. Now Published online!

 

“Political Theology: Reflecting on the Arts of a Liberating Politics.” In Theological Perspectives on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Eds. Ada-María Isazi-Díaz, Rosemary Carbine and Mary McClintock Fulkerson. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (forthcoming).

 

“Today’s State of Exception: Abu-Jamal, Agamben, JanMohamed and the Crisis of Democracy.” Political Theology. Vol. 10. No. 2 (April 2010): 305-24.

 

“Oriental Monk as Popular Icon: On the Power of American Orientalism.” A Review Essay. In The Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Vol. 79. No. 3 (Fall 2011): 473-79.

 

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“Beyond Only Difference: Necropolitics, Racialized Regimes and U.S. Public Theology,” in Harold J. Recinos, editor, Wading through Many Voices: Toward a Theology of Public Conversation. Rowman & Littlefield, Pub. February 2011.

 

“Postcolonial Theology,” “Racism and Theology,” “The Death Penalty and Theology,” and  “Colonialism, Imperialism and Christian Theology,” in Daniel Patte, et al. Editors. The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

 

“Diversity and Sanity: How an AAUP Chapter Helps,” Religious Studies News, January 2010.

 

“Challenging Theological Studies: Critical Feminism and Liberating Interpretation.” A review essay on the work of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. Theology Today. Vol. 66 (2009): 234-240.

 

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“Tillich’s Ethics: Between Politics and Ontology,” in The Cambridge Companion to Paul Tillich. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pages 189-207.

 

“Empire and Transcendence: Hardt and Negri’s Challenge to Theology and Ethics,” in Evangelicals and Empire: Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo. Eds. Bruce Ellis Benson and Peter Goodwin Heltzel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008 (With Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri responding in the book to this article, “Afterward,” pages 312-314).

 

“U.S. Evangelicals: Recovering a Post-9/11 Prophetic Spirit?” in The Legacy of Billy Graham: Critical Reflections on America’s Greatest Evangelist. Ed. Michael G. Long. Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. Pages 197-218. (Critical reflections also by such contributors as John B. Cobb, Jr., Gary Dorrien, Harvey Cox, Karen Lebaqz, Douglas Sturm, and others.)

 

“The Way of the Cross as Theatric of Counter-Terror,” in Doing Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law and Criminal Justice, edited by Jonathan Rothchild, Matthew Myer Boulton and Kevin Jung. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2007. Pages 145-73.

 

“What’s Going On in the USA? Rise of an Imperial Triumvirate.” The Ecumenist: A Journal of Theology, Culture, and Society. Volume 43, No. 3 (Summer 2006): 1-9.

 

“Toward Contexts More Intricate and Subtle,” in Santosh C. Saha, editor, Perspectives on Contemporary Ethnic Conflict: Primal Violence or the Politics of Conviction. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. Pages 1-16.

 

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“Theology and Global Empire Today,” The Reformed World. Vol. 56. No. 4 (December 2006):  415-32.

 

“American Torture and the Body of Christ: Making and Remaking Worlds,” in Marit Trelstad, editor, Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross Today. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006.

 

“Spirit and Liberation: Achieving Postcolonial Theology in the USA,” in Postcolonial Theologies: Of Empire and Spirit. Chalice Press, 2004.

 

“Degenerative Utopia in Philadelphia: Toward a Theology of Urban Transcendence,” in Kathryn Tanner, editor. Spirit in the Cities: Search for Soul in the Urban Landscape. Fortress Press, 2004. Pages 69-97.

 

“At the Crossroads of Religion and Medical Anthropology.” Presented at the Conference of the Nordic Society of Medical Anthropologists, University of Helsinki, Mekrijarvie, Finland, March 2004.

 

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“Spirit.” In The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, eds, Peter Scott and William T. Cavanaugh (London: Blackwell, 2004), 377-92.

 

“Subalternity and Advocacy as Kairos for Theology,” in Opting for the Margins: Postmodernity and Liberation in Christian Theology, ed. Joerg Rieger. NY: Oxford University Press, 2003. Pages 23-44.

 

“Bringing Noise, Conjuring Spirit: Rap as Spiritual Practice,” in Anthony Pinn, Noise and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music. New York University Press, 2003.

 

“A Dictionary for Resisting Empire: Celebrating the Dictionary of Third World Theologies,” in Black Theology in Britain: A Journal of Contextual Praxis 6 (May 2001): 87-105.

 

“Votán-Zapata: Theological Discourse in Zapatista Movements,” in Converging on Cultures: Theologians in Dialogue with Cultural Analysis and Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

 

“Polyrhythm in Worship: Caribbean Keys to an Effective Word of God,” in Brian K. Blount and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, eds., Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. 2001.

 

“Mumia, Music and Protest Today.”  An Interview with Michael Franti of SpearheadThe Wetlands Music Club.  February 9, 2000.

 

“ ‘Spirit’ in the Researching of Cultural Worlds: On Theology’s Contributions to Anthropology,” in Anthropology and Theology: God, Icons and God-Talk.  Edited by Walter Randolph Adams and Frank A. Salamone.  Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000.

 

“The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America.” An Inaugural Address for full professorship at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, Volume I, No. 1 (2000): 1-29. [Also published in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin 21, No. 3, N.S.  (2000): 301-23.]

 

“A Zapatista Church: Presbyterians in Chiapas,” The Christian Century, October 27, 1999, page 1028-1030.

 

“Toward a Revolution of the Sun: Protestant Maya Resistance in Guatemala,” in Revolution of Spirit: Ecumenical Theology in a Global Age.  Essays in Honor of Richard Shaull.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishers, 1998.

 

“Reading from an Indigenous Place,” in Fernando F. Segovia and Mary Ann Tolbert, eds. Teaching the Bible: The Discourse and Politics of Biblical Theology. Fortress Press, 2009. 117-36.

 

“Tracking Spirit:  Theology as Cultural Critique in the Americas,” in Changing Conversations: Religious Reflection and Cultural Analysis, edited by Sheila Greeve Davaney and Dwight N. Hopkins.  New York and London: Routledge, 1997.

 

“Vodou Resistance/Vodou Hope: Forging a Postmodernism that Liberates,” David Batstone, Eduardo Mendieta, Lois Ann Lorentzen and Dwight N. Hopkins, eds., Liberation Theologies, Postmodernity and the Americas.  New York and London: Routledge, 1997.

 

“Christian Theological Systems,” in The HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion.  Edited by Jonathan Z. Smith, William Scott Green.  New  York: HarperCollins, 1995.

 

“Immanental and Prophetic: Shaping Reformed Theology for Late Twentieth Century Struggle,” in Christian Ethics in Ecumenical Context: Theology, Culture, and Politics in Dialogue.  Edited by Shin Chiba, George R. Hunsberger, and Lester Edwin Ruiz.  Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans, 1995.

 

“Of Monsters and Dances: Masculinity, White Supremacy, Ecclesial Praxis,” in Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Mary Shawn Copeland, Violence Against Women.  New York:  Concilium 1994.

 

“Transnational Corporations and Institutionalized Violence:  A Challenge to Christian Movements in the U.S.,” in New  Vision for the Americas: Religious Engagement and Social Transformation, David Batstone, ed. Fortress Press, 1993.

 

“Reflective Ontology in the Land of Postmodern Suspicion.” Journal of Religion 72 (October 1992): 573-79.

 

“Celebrating Difference, Resisting Domination: Synchronic Strategies in Theological Education,” in Edward Farley and Barbara Wheeler, eds., Shifting Boundaries: Contextual Approaches to the Structure of Theological Education.  Fortress Press, 1991.

 

“The Influence of Feminist Theory on My Theological Work,” Journal of    Feminist Studies in Religion, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 1991):118-21.

 

“Religion, Cultural Plurality and Liberating Praxis,” An essay in honor of Langdon Gilkey. The Journal of Religion, Vol. 71, No. 2 (April 1991):145-66. Originally, lecture at a special conference of the University of Chicago Divinity School, 1990.

 

“Whither Liberation Theology?” The Christian Century, Vol. 107, No. 36   (December 12, 1990): 1168-71.

 

“Engaging the Other in a Global Village: A Typology,” with Gary Bekker (anthropologist), in Fundamental Issues in Globalization, Supplement I, Theological Education 26 (Spring 1990):52-83.

 

“Gustavo… y Pablo?  Tillich and Liberation Theology:  A Response to Ronald Stone,” in The North American Paul Tillich Society Newsletter (December 1987): 27-31.

“The Liminal Christ and Cultural Pluralism:  In Praise of Shaky Ground,” Theology Today (April 1986):36-51.

 

“Symbolic Dimensions in Cultural Anthropology,” Current Anthropology 26 (April 1985):167-185. With anthropologists’ responses. My “Reply,” in Current Anthropology 26 (October 1985).

 

“What Has Anthropology to Do With Theology?”  Editorial, Theology Today 41 (January 1985):379-382.

 

“A Conversation:  Notes for a Socio-Political Biography,”   A Conversation with sociologist of religion, Gibson Winter.  Theology Today 41 (January 1985):444-452.

 

“Theology’s New Fact,” Theology Today 42 (April 1985):78-83.

 

“Cultural Anthropology:  Its Meaning for Christian Theology,” Theology Today 41 (January 1985).

 

“Religion Among the Anthropologists,” Papers in Comparative Studies. Vol. 3. Center for Comparative Studies in the Humanities, The OhioStateUniversity Press, 1984.

 

“Truth and a Phenomenology of Tradition,” The Journal of Religion 64 (April 1984): 221-228.

 

“Levi-Strauss:  Evolving a Myth about Myths,” Religious Studies Review  9 (April 1983):97-105.