• Paul S. Chung


This chapter is a reflection and synthesis of critical theory and political theology in postcolonial construal, in which I critically treat the philosophical tradition of the Enlightenment, notably in John Locke’s and John S. Mill’s view of racial issues and colony. I complement a dialectical story of master and slave in Hegel in terms of power-oriented prestige. Then I draw attention to Horkheimer’s critical theory of religion and his implicit theology in longing for the wholly Other. To the extent that he provides an insight into deepening political theology, it is significant to bring his critical theory to relevance to the prophetic tradition of political theology by Karl Barth, notably through Helmut Gollwitzer. Critical theory and political theology are in correlation, because critical theory entails a character of implicit theology. This correlation may contribute to enriching postcolonial political theology in the aftermath of Enlightenment, modernity, and colonialism through social ethical guidance for the unity between theory and practice.


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  • Paul S. Chung
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  1. 1.Lutheran School of Theology at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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