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Now-Time, the Messianic, and Consumer Alienation in Walter Benjamin  7/27/2013 
Sean Ledwith: Article  Here is a review of a book by Eli Friedlander on critical theorist Walter Benjamin which is a good introduction to his thought with connections to issues of today.

Moving Beyond the Dangerous Tea Party Myths  5/26/2013 
Patrick Smith: Article  This Memorial Day we should begin to think about America in a different way, not as a powerful exceptional nation, but as a strong people able to admit defeat and willing to change.

The Foundation of Freedom of Choice  11/19/2012 
Slavoj Zizek: Article  A famous philosoper speaks of the 2012 election, the significance of the health care law, Norway as an economic model, and Donald Trump's rejection of democracy.

Conserving Hierarchies of Power  1/5/2012 
Corey Robin: Article  Conservative political philosophy assumes the few are superior to the many and justifies gross inequalities according to the auther of The Reactionary Mind.

The Drive Thru Jesus of the Church of Free Market Miracles: Finding Another Way  6/6/2011 
Phil Rockstroh: Article  The writer ponders Southern masculinity, environmental limits, the fragility of capitalism, loss of empire, and American exceptionalism.

The Force of the Future: A Globalized, Cosmopolitan Passion for Justice  3/25/2011 
Carl Raschke: Article  The unexpected and impossible happened in Egypt beyond authoritarian or corporate control, a youthful opening of new possibility.

The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere  3/21/2011 
Craig Calhoun: Article  A new academic book on religion and politics is published with contributions from Judith Butler, Jurgen Habermas, Charles Tayor, and Cornel West.

The Punishing State: Walter Benjamin and the Current Catastrophes of History  1/4/2011 
Henry A. Giroux: Article  Paul Klee's painting, Angelus Novus, portrays a storm brewing in paradise and can be likened to the current war against the social state by the forces of economic Darwinism.

The Paralysis of Critical Consciousness: A New Type of Human Being  1/2/2011 
Robert Hullot-Kentor: Article  After pointing to reams of critical theory studies the author uses Theodore Adorno to explore why there is no real critical political movement today.

Political Acts under Conditions of Permanent Economic Emergency  10/17/2010 
Slavoj Zizek: Article  European protests against cuts in the welfare state and the ideological illusions of global capital are the focus of this essay on political options for the left today.

Once upon a Time...There was Art and Literature in America  3/15/2010 
Lewis Lapham: Article  Truth as synonym for liberty isn’t a collectible. It is the joyous discovery of the enlarged sense and state of being that is the change of heart induced by the presence of a work of art.

Redeeming the Sixties: Herbert Marcuse and the Formation of Political Language  3/10/2010 
Angela Y. Davis: Article  Comments on the best known critical theorist of the 1960s, what his legacies can be today, cultural implications of Nazism, the emancipatory promise of the German philosophical tradition.

Rule by a Capitalist Minority is Not Much Different from Rule by a Communist Minority  11/10/2009 
Slavoj Zizek: Article  East Europeans are still disallusioned after 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Captialism hasn't been what they hoped it would be. Brand new ideologies are needed!

Kierkegaard in Contemporary Philosophy  5/31/2009 
Gordon Marino: Article  A biography of Soren Kierkegaard and a reprint of his work are here reviewed placing Kierkegaard in relation to philosophers writing today.

John Rawls: Secularized Calvinism, Moralized Protestant Vocationalism   3/19/2009 
Michael Weinstein: Article  A postmodern critique of a significant book on political philosophy.

The Religion of John Rawls: An Anti-meritocratic, Egalitarian Conception of Distributive Justice  3/19/2009 
Joshua Cohen: Article  This is an extremely interesting essay about one the foremost political philosophers of our times. Thomas Nagel is the second author of this.

Unbridgeable Gaps: Habermas on Religion and Critical Theory  3/8/2009 
Fred Dallmayr: Article  Early Frankfurt School members showed much interest in the liberating potential of religion. Habermas has done less so says this author.

A Proper Role for Religion in the Public Sphere  3/8/2009 
Craig Calhoun: Article  A secular society has a stake in listening to religious voices. This author discusses what Habermas has been saying about religion and politics.

Multitude: Philosophy for the Future?  3/15/2005 
Charlie Bertsch: Review  Review of the Multitude by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, and Time for Revolution by Negri.

Governing Citizens: Genealogy, Critique, Politics  12/22/2004 
Reprint  Engin F. Isin presented a course on Foucault in 2003 at York University.

Robert Kennedy on Aeschylus  10/4/2004 
Comment  

Does Society Need God?  10/2/2004 
Ed Knudson: Article  Philosopher Leo Strauss, so loved by neoconservatives, addressed the `theological-political problem` important for public theology and Lutheran teaching.

A New Focus on Public Sociology   4/5/2004 
Article  Public sociology is discussed at the Sociologists without Borders website.

Transcending the Liberal-Conservative Divide   1/14/2004 
Comment  John Halpin, Research Director of the Center for American Progress, speaks of basic progessive values and traditions.

Max Weber and National Socialism   5/28/2003 
Article  The role of the sociologist, Max Weber, in the Evangelical-Social Congress in Germany is discussed here.

Leo Strauss and Neoconservatism   4/21/2003 
Notes  Conservative political philosopher Leo Strauss was the teacher of leading contemporary neoconservatives. Here we provide some links for reference.

THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS   4/1/2003 
Reprint  Samuel P. Huntington's essay on cultural conflict in the future.

George Will Promotes Ideology Not Policy   7/15/2002 
Article  Leading columnist preaches Milton Friedman dogma; better to recall John Kennth Galbraith.

What is Enlightenment?   6/29/2002 
Reprint  Famous text by Michel Foucault, 1978.

The Unrest is Growing: Habermas in Iran   6/22/2002 
Jurgen Habermas: Reprint  Interview with Juergen Habermas on his visit to Iran.

American National Pride   10/19/2001 
Comment  The grandson of Walter Rauschenbush, Richard Rorty, wants to recapture the national heritage.

Violence and Justice in a Global Age   10/18/2001 
Comment  A philosophical response to 9/11

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Philosophy Section

In every age Christian faith must be articulated into the real world at the time. Contemporary theology chooses, explicitly or implicitly, some way of thinking in the world which, it is thought, best describes the conditions of the times. When the Apostle Paul preached the gospel into the Greek world he had to do so through the language and ways of thinking which characterized that world. This greatly affected the message coming from Jewish sources and this has been a major issue in contemporary biblical studies.

Another example is the current religious right. It emerged from the late 19th and early 20th century battles between the church and the views of science prevalent at that time. The so-called Christian right continues to be locked into that framework for its faith understanding and articulation. In the meantime science has changed very considerably and has had large impacts through the professions on modern economies and societies creating serious conflicts and issues which the religious right can barely see let alone help in constructive theological understanding.

At this website we will explore various philosophical and scientific approaches to understanding the world. The disciplines of sociology, anthropology, political theory and, especially, history, are important for both biblical and theological research.

The phrase "Public Theology" has been used to refer to efforts to relect on the relation of theology and the philosophy of the German thinker Jurgen Habermas (right photo) who has emerged from the school of thought known as critical social theory. This theory began in the era of Hitler's Germany and examines the fundamental presuppositions of Enlightenment thought, its central belief in the efficacy of reason, and how modern socities under the influence of science have created conditions threatening fundamental human meanings, structures, and relationships.

One of the original members of the Frankfurt School of critical social theory is Walter Benjamin (photo at top), who continues to be widely read today. One primary resource for a contemporary Protestant Public Theology is his writing about messianic history, "Theses On the Concept of History," in contrast with the political philosophy of the Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt.

Michel FoucaultAt this site we also are interested in the philosophical orientation known as postmodernism because it too examines the ways human life has changed with the implementation of Enlightenment thought through the several "Enlightenment institutions." So we are interested in persons such as the French philosopher Michel Foucault who, though he died in 1984, continues to be widely read. He studied the history of specific modern institutions such as the clinic, the prison, and government. He believed that the "pastoral power" of the church in the middle ages has been taken over by modern governments which have become concerned with the whole life of each member of the population.

The critiques of modernity by social critical theory and postmodernism run much deeper than those of the contemporary religious right which trivializes key moral and sexual issues and makes it seem that theology has nothing to contribute to serious thought about these issues. We want to provide a place for deeper reflection about these matters and invite inquiries from pastors and scholars about how to proceed.
    Philosophy Web Links
  • European Graduate Union. Focuses on the arts and media. "In recognition of the benefits of international scientific exchange the EGS has established a curricular cooperation with universities in other countries, especially in Europe and the USA: Academy of Media Arts, Cologne; International School for New Media Luebeck; Graduate School for Arts, Munich (Germany); University of Arts, Berlin (Germany); University of Split (Croatia); Appalachian State University, North Carolina (United States); Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (United States); University of Evora (Portugal); Clemson University, South Carolina (United States); 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos, Mexico City (Mexico); Beit Berl College (Israel); NSCAD University, Nova Scotia (Canada); University of Pristina (Kosovo)."
  • Steve Robinson maintains a good site on Jurgen Habermas, Critical Theory, and the Frankfurt School of Social Research.
  • Fast Capitalism focuses on critical theory and is an active site, see stuff on Marcuse, the best known member of the Frankfurt School in the U.S. in the last century.
  • Antti Kauppinen does extensive web research on Habermas.
  • Illuminations presents the works of key figures in Critical Theory including Habermas and Walter Benjamin.
  • Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. Good site for postmodernism.
  • A Foucault site provides lots of web links, a new site has been prepared for the Foucault Society. A page of Links Appropriate for Scholars of Foucault contains much information.
  • Continental Philosophy. A Bulletin Board for Continental Philosophy, History of Philosophy and More!
  • Contemporary Philosophy, Critical Theory and Postmodern Thought at the University of Denver has helpful links to many different thinkers.
  • Continental Philosophy is the focus of this site with materials on many thinkers with announcements of events in the field.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy or the Encyclodedia Britanica provide materials on general philosophy.













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