Interview on this book with Taylor, at The Immanent Frame.
“The Theological and the Political is strikingly original, theoretically robust, ethically sensitive, and politically resonant in a moment when so many forces are working to erode the possibilities of human flourishing. Mark L. Taylor has effected nothing less than a wholesale transformation of the discourse of theology- in deep solidarity with those who struggle with courage and dignity for a more righteous world.” Corey D. B. Walker
“In this haunted, haunting journey through poetry, philosophy, and political theory, Mark Taylor reimagines ‘the theological’ as a practice irreducibly concerned with human suffering. A much-needed negotiation of political, liberationist, and philosophical strategies, this book operates in the ‘ruins of transcendence,” where thinking is embodiment and interpretation survival – perhaps even transformation.” Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Wesleyan University
“Mark Lewis Taylor at his best! The Princeton professor of theology and culture offers here to his readers a deep, path breaking essay on our reflective relation to the divine amid the painful, perilous resistance to the earthly powers that be. A must-read for all concerned with the survival of humankind in the contemporary predicament of our planet.” Otto Maduro, Professor of World Christianity, Drew University
The Theological and the Political – On the Weight of the World is Taylor’s most philosophical statement of his theological approach. Taylor here traces how liberating spirit emerges amid the always interacting world of bodies. Taylor’s thought begins in a historical, practical social ontology. Bodies in our world come into relation at different rates of motion and rest. Yet pervading all is a labile tension between two tendencies: one, wherein changing bodies are in a mobile state of “extension,” thereby displaying a mutual intimacy and distancing of bodies that bring life and freedom; a second, wherein bodies are in “concentration,” amassing, crowding, , accumulating, obliterating, exterminating. This concentration brings death, exclusion, oppression.