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The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Theology

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Written as a guide for both newcomers and veterans in the field of Radical Theology.

  • Connects the broad historical trajectories of what is often called “radical theology."

  • Addresses, for the first time, the whole field of radical theology in one volume.

Part of the book series: Radical Theologies and Philosophies (RADT)

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Table of contents (55 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Background and Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Christopher D. Rodkey, Jordan E. Miller
      Pages 3-13
    3. Background

      • Clayton Crockett, Jeffrey W. Robbins
      Pages 15-32
    4. Chronology of Radical Theology

      • Jordan E. Miller, Christopher D. Rodkey
      Pages 33-40
  3. Figures

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 41-41
    2. James Luther Adams

      • George Kimmich Beach
      Pages 43-54
    3. Thomas J. J. Altizer

      • J. Leavitt Pearl, Christopher D. Rodkey
      Pages 55-81
    4. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

      • Robert Saler
      Pages 83-94
    5. John D. Caputo

      • Katharine Sarah Moody
      Pages 95-116
    6. Harvey Cox

      • Hollis Phelps
      Pages 117-134
    7. Don Cupitt

      • Gavin Hyman
      Pages 135-153
    8. Mary Daly

      • Christopher D. Rodkey
      Pages 155-169
    9. Leslie Dewart

      • Richard Sawa, W. T. S. Tarver
      Pages 171-185
    10. Jacques Ellul

      • Richard A. Davis
      Pages 187-202
    11. Lloyd Geering

      • Mike Grimshaw
      Pages 203-220
    12. René Girard

      • David Dawson
      Pages 221-239
    13. William Hamilton

      • G. Michael Zbaraschuk
      Pages 241-247
    14. Catherine Keller

      • Lisa Gasson-Gardner, Winfield Goodwin, Elijah Prewitt-Davis, Austin Roberts
      Pages 249-267
    15. D. G. Leahy

      • Lissa McCullough
      Pages 269-280

About this book

The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Theology is the definitive guide to radical theology and the commencement for new directions in that field. For the first time, radical theology is addressed and assessed in a single, comprehensive volume, including introductory and historical essays for the beginner, essays on major figures and their thought, and shorter articles on various themes, concepts, and related topics. This book is a seminal work for the radical theology movement. It clarifies origins and demonstrates the exigency and utility of current figures and issues. A useful and essential guide for newcomers and veterans in the field, this volume serves as both a reference work and an introduction to omitted or forgotten topics within contemporary discussions.


  • Tillich
  • Theology
  • Death of God
  • Zizek
  • Radical Thought
  • Christianity
  • Jesus


“This is a fine volume, covering a large breadth of figures and topics essential to the discipline. Students and libraries will gain something that is both well constructed and academically significant.” (Taylor Weaver, Modern Believing, Vol. 61 (2), April, 2020)

“The book is an invaluable resource for anyone in need of a quick grasp of the scope of the movement, its historical development, its historical roots, the range of arguments it is carrying forward, and the dialogues that are being conducted across disciplines and sub-disciplines. … there is no better source to get acquainted with its many voices than The Palgrave Handbook under consideration in this review. Given its breadth and scope, it comes highly recommended!” (Josh de Keijzer, Cultural Encounters, Vol. 15 (2), 2020)

“The book is interdisciplinary in addressing art, philosophy, literature, music, psychology, politics, and the social sciences in dialogue with theology. … This book further urges the theologians and readers of religion today within our relations, our world, our sexuality, and our thought to carry the fire onward, speak new radical theological perspectives, and once again, assert to the body politic that theology is, after all, important.” (David Carnish, Reading Religion,, June 30, 2019)
“Radical theology today is an emergent discipline in need of handbook that tells who to read and what the issues are. Jordan Miller and Christopher Rodkey have provided that for us in this adroitly constructed and wide-ranging collection, with entries on the major figures and central topics preceded by masterful introductory materials which make this the place to start in the study of radical theology.” (John D. Caputo, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus, Syracuse University; David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Villanova University, USA)


“It is an important moment, not without its irony, when a revolutionary multiplicity of
thinkers can be kneaded into a heritage, indeed a tradition deserving of a handbook. The irony doubles: how many current thinkers even realize that “radical” and “theology” cohabit? Rodkey and Miller have nobly mobilized a spirited assemblage of voices about prior voices for this needy time-- when standard secularism fails along with conventional religion to energize the justice, the ecology and the creativity of a shared life.” (Catherine Keller, George T. Cobb Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University, USA)


“This is a truly encyclopedic treatment of a conversation that for a couple of decades
made theology an important contributor to the cultural and intellectual conversation. This book may help to re-enliven radical theology and renew the sense, now all too anemic, that theology is important.” (John B. Cobb, Jr., founding co-director of the Center for Process Studies and Process & Faith; Ingraham Professor of Theology Emeritus, School of Theology at Claremont; Avery Professor Emeritus, Claremont Graduate School, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Dallastown, PA, USA

    Christopher D. Rodkey

  • Independent, Newport, RI, USA

    Jordan E. Miller

About the editors

Christopher D. Rodkey is Pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, USA, and teaches at York College of Pennsylvania. His books include The Synaptic Gospel, Too Good to Be True, and The World is Crucifixion.

 Jordan E. Miller is a community organizer, interdisciplinary teacher, and scholar who specializes in religion, social movements, and resistance studies. Dr. Miller’s first monograph, Resisting Theology, Furious Hope includes chapters on The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), Occupy Wall Street, and #BlackLivesMatter.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Theology

  • Editors: Christopher D. Rodkey, Jordan E. Miller

  • Series Title: Radical Theologies and Philosophies

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-96594-9Published: 20 October 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-07220-9Published: 25 January 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-96595-6Published: 10 October 2018

  • Series ISSN: 2634-663X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6648

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIII, 793

  • Topics: Christian Theology, Philosophy of Religion

Buying options

eBook USD 269.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-96595-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 349.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 349.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)