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Religion, Theology, and Class

Fresh Engagements after Long Silence

  • Joerg Rieger

Part of the New Approaches to Religion and Power book series (NARP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Joerg Rieger
      Pages 1-23
  3. Basic Definitions and Challenges of Class

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Richard D. Wolff
      Pages 27-42
    3. Vítor Westhelle
      Pages 61-73
  4. Understanding Class in Historical Contexts

  5. Class in Relation to Poverty, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-224

About this book


This important collection of essays addresses the question of why scholars can no longer do without class in religious studies and theology, and what we can learn from a renewed engagement with the topic. This volume discusses what new discourses regarding notions of gender, ethnicity, and race might add to developments on notions of class.


capitalism inequality poverty religion religious studies theology

Editors and affiliations

  • Joerg Rieger
    • 1
  1. 1.Perkins School of TheologySMUUSA

About the editors

Richard D. Wolff, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA Jung Mo Sung, Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil Vítor Westhelle, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, USA Néstor Míguez, Instituto Universitario ISEDT, Buenos Aires, Argentina Sheila D. Collins, William Paterson University, USA Ken Estey, Brooklyn College, USA Jan Rehmann, Union Theological Seminary, USA Pamela K. Brubaker, California Lutheran University, USA Corey D.B. Walker, Brown University, USA Joerg Rieger, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, USA

Bibliographic information


Timely and indispensable for working to change the plight of the 99 percent, this provocative text probes the intersection of religion, theology, and class through the lenses of global capital, gender, blackness, migration, and alternative economies. I highly recommend it. - Kwok Pui-lan, Professor, Episcopal Divinity School, USA

By gathering provocative analyses from international thinkers into one volume, Joerg Rieger raises embedded assumptions about social class and theology into a much-needed, critical light. Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements After Long Silence provides a space for substantive conversations among scholars in religious studies, particularly as we consider building just relationships. - Stephanie Y. Mitchem, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of South Carolina, USA