Political Theology, Negative Dialectics, and Messianic History

  • Paul S. Chung


In staying with critical theory, this chapter is a study of an old model of political theology (Carl Schmidt) and its anti-Semitism in reference to Hobbes’ theory of Leviathan. A critical theory of anti-Semitism and progress can be further developed with respect to its racial thinking and civilizing mission. A new model of political theology comes to terms with critical theory in its critique of anti-Semitism, dethroning the old form of political theology. I am concerned with examining a critical, emancipatory theory against ethno-racism and developmentalism, while dealing with a critical theory of dialectics of Enlightenment and a messianic philosophy of history (Walter Benjamin). I supplement theological reflection of eschatology and Benjamin’s messianic interpretation of history and its historical materialist reasoning for the postcolonial political theology.


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

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