Ted Smith’s “Political Theology Start-Up Kit”

Ted Smith

Edward J. Blum of the Religion in American History blog recently asked Ted Smith to put together a “so you want to begin thinking about political theology” reading list.

In response, Ted compiled a list of twelve political theology titles from the last 100 years that he believes “try to work at a more basic level, asking questions about how a social order comes to make sense, how structures of legitimation are produced and internalized, and how people gain a feel for what it means to be connected to one another.”

To read Ted’s full blog post, click here.

Ted Smith is an assistant professor of ethics and preaching at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He is the author of The New Measures:  A Theological History of Democratic Practice (2007).  He works at the intersections of practical and political theology, with special attention to the forms preaching and worship take in modern societies.  Ted’s current research explores the notion of “divine violence” through a study of sermons, speeches, and essays about the abolitionist John Brown.

Watch the video Ted’s lecture “Eschatological Memories of Everyday Life” from the Spring Institute on Lived Theology 2013.