Introduction: Religion or Theology? (Re)introducing Political Theology into the Study of World Politics

  • Vassilios PaipaisEmail author
Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)


This chapter serves as the introduction to this edited volume. It makes an argument in favour of transcending the secular/post-secular dichotomy that is currently plaguing the study of religion in world politics by turning attention to an engagement with theological modes of thought that take faith-based arguments and traditions seriously. Recognising the complex and ambiguous interconnections between politics and theology, the chapter offers an outline of the contributing chapters to this volume and emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of the collection, including political theorists, philosophers, historians, and International Relations (IR) scholars. It thus not only argues for but also practices a genuinely pluralistic and cross-disciplinary approach to the study of the relation between theology and world politics.


Religion Theology Metaphysics Political theologies Post-secularism 


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