An Unexplored Space: Foreign Policy & Political Theology

Yesterday on Twitter between two of my fellow blogging friends as well as a couple of blogs, the question was asked. “Where are the theological voices to comment on the events in Egypt and Tunisia?”

First, to qualify my answer, I must say that we as theo-bloggers are limited in what we can say because the results of the aforementioned nation-states because much of our history texts do not deal with these “marginal” countries in the first place in the name of essentializing African nations as being in need of “Western help.” Secondly, what limits what biblio-bloggers in what we can and cannot say is that the revolts are in their nascent stages, and we do not want to judge too quickly; it’s about discernment, really, especially when we are receiving our information sometimes second and third hand.

So, to the question at hand, the problem is quite simply this: religious scholars, both in biblical studies and theological studies, while many claim to be doing “political theology” and “political hermeneutics,” their politics is really limited to domestic issues in the name of being relevant and prophetic.  I would say that by avoiding foreign policy, Political theologians fail to be prophetic, for the prophetic tradition of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Isaiah, there are oracles to foreign nations, and not to Israel, Judah, the Hebrews or Samaria.

Thus, we should not be surprised when bloggers who do biblical and theological studies do not comment on foreign policy matters.

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6 thoughts on “An Unexplored Space: Foreign Policy & Political Theology

  1. Joel

    You really haven’t read my blog much, have you?

    I comment all the time on the Israel-Palestine and the like. Yes, most issues are readily seen from the domestic side, but not all ways.

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    1. Rod of Alexandria Post author

      Im not talking about blogs, but works of theology. Like political theology that only does domestic policy. You write a book yet? 🙂

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