Critical Theory Philosophy of Religion

Jesus’ Ghost – Derrida, Christianity, and “Hauntology” – Part 1

Jesus, who was concerned till manhood with his own personal development, was free from the contagious sickness of his age and his people; free from the inhibited inertia which expends its one activity on the common needs and conveniences of life; free too from the ambition and other desires whose satisfaction, once craved, would have […]


Review – Carl Raschke’s Force of God Hammers Out A Political Theology Of Insurrection/Resurrection For Our Times

Raschke, Carl.   Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.  ISBN-978-0231-17384-1.  Hardback, e-book.  202 pages. Carl Raschke’s Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy is a provocative book, and it is likely to make some readers uncomfortable. Raschke is himself aware […]


Review – Jean-Pierre Couture Brings To Life The Ongoing Oeuvre of Peter Sloterdijk

Couture, Jean-Pierre. Sloterdijk (Key Contemporary Thinkers). Boston: Polity, 2015. 208 pages. ISBN-10: 0745663818.  Hardback, paperback, e-book, 208 pages. Jean-Pierre Couture’s Sloterdijk is the first comprehensive introduction to the thought of contemporary German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk in English. Given the proliferation of English translations of Sloterdijk’s work in the last several years, and the wide-ranging, often […]

Author Reflections Book Previews and Prospectuses

Spiritual Erotics, Part 3 – Eros, Ecstasy, and the Pentecostal Experience

In the first installment of this three-part book preview of my forthcoming work on machismo in Latino culture I explored the role of the new, and “hot”, methodology of affect theory as a lens through which to achieve a radical, new set of insights about a somewhat contested phenomenon.  In the second part I discussed […]

Reviews World Religions

Renegade Hinduism Scholar Featured In Norton’s Anthology of World Religions

The just-released, multi-volume Norton Anthology of World Religions is a major project of substance undertaken by a group of world-renowned scholars in comparative religions.   However, what makes it stand out is the contribution of Professor Kancha Ilaiah, who hails from an illiterate sudra shepherd family. In the four-level Hindu caste system the sudra are the […]

Book Previews and Prospectuses

Spiritual Erotics, Part 2 – The Nature and History of Machismo and Its Feminine Counterpart As “Marianismo”

From time to time Religious Theory (RT) invites well-known academic authors to outline current book projects that have not yet been published.  This second installment of the article, released in three parts, reflects a recent talk in California by Prof. Luis Leon, a well-known author of several key books on the theory of Latino religions […]


Recovering the Unconscious – A Conference on the Intersection of Psychoanalysis With Politics, Philosophy, and Religion – CFP

Recovering the Unconscious Call for Papers and Presentations A Conference on the Intersection of Psychoanalysis With Politics, Philosophy, and Religion October 21-23, 2016 Denver, Colorado Sponsored by the University of Denver and the Colorado Analytic Forum of the Lacanian Field in Co-operation with the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory __________________________________________________________________ “We are all proletarians”, […]