Theology in the Capitalocene: Ecology, Identity, Class, and Solidarity

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About the Author
Joerg Rieger is Distinguished Professor of Theology, Cal Turner Chancellor's Chair of Wesleyan Studies, and the Founding Director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt University. His work addresses the relation of theology and public life, reflecting on the misuse of power in religion, politics, and economics. His main interest is in developments and movements that bring about change and in the positive contributions of religion and theology. Author and editor of 22 books and over 150 academic articles, his books include Jesus vs. Caesar: For People Tired of Serving the Wrong God (2018), No Religion but Social Religion: Liberating Wesleyan Theology (2018), Unified We are a Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America's Inequalities (with Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, 2016), Faith on the Road: A Short Theology of Travel and Justice (2015), Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (with Kwok P
Ashley Moyse (PhD, Newcastle) is the McDonald postdoctoral fellow in Christian ethics and public life at Christ Church, University of Oxford. He is also a research associate at Vancouver School of Theology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Reading Karl Barth, Interrupting Moral Technique, Transforming Biomedical Ethics (2015) and has coedited several volumes, including Correlating Sobornost: Conversations Between Karl Barth and the Russian Orthodox Tradition (2016), Kenotic Ecclesiology: Select Writings of Donald M. MacKinnon (2016), and Treating the Body in Medicine and Religion: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives (2019).

Scott A. Kirkland is an honorary postdoctoral research associate at Trinity College, University of Divinity, Melbourne.


"This book offers a needed political and public theology to counter the ecological devastation we urgently face. Yet, Rieger reminds us that with-out an intersectional analysis of ecological issues, we are lost. Rethinking the work of theology for the planet's sustainability and flourishing is this book's great achievement." -- Keri Day, Princeton Theological Seminar

"Joerg Rieger has long and persuasively brought theology to bear upon the power of class. Now he binds his challenge to global capitalism with the full-bodied complexity of gender, sex, and race. And most importantly, he embeds this transnational intersectionalism in the precarious vibrancy of the earth. What can be more important--for all of us working earthlings--than his eco-social theology of deep solidarity?" -- Catherine Keller, George T. Cobb Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University Theological School

"Rieger provides trenchant analysis of the stark power differentials inherent in neoliberal capitalism that enable a few to maximize profit at terrible expense to the many and to Earth's ecosystems. In response he calls for a 'deep solidarity' based on the labor and collective agency of working-class people. Of tremendous value are his insistence that privilege does not always equal power, his locating the roots of climate change in the structures of capitalism as a way of life, and his honest inquiry into the roles of theology in either maintaining or undermining oppressive power. This text deftly weaves stark critique together with pragmatic and visionary possibility." -- Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, professor of theological and social ethics, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University, and Church Divinity School of the Pacific; director, PLTS Center for Climate Justice and Faith; core doctoral faculty, Graduate Theological Union

"Theology in the Capitalocene is an extraordinary proposal for deep solidarities beyond reductionism. Drawing from a true diversity of voices from disenfranchised communities, Joerg Rieger superbly connects the study of economics, religion, and ecology, effectively unmasking and breaking universalized ideological hegemonies. By doing so he opens novel paths for confronting both capitalist catastrophes and capitalist narratives of catastrophes in the twenty-first century. This is a must-read for anyone interested in political theologies, liberation practices, radical social movements, race and religion, and the most current social and political theories." -- Santiago Slabodsky, the Robert and Florence Kaufman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies, and associate professor of religion, Hofstra University

"This book is a powerful and persuasive theology of catastrophe and solidarity that yields a genuine and mature hope in the face of a commodified globe and racialized capitalism. Joerg Rieger is keeping alive a great prophetic tradition!" -- Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary

"Rieger offers a generative exploration of deep solidarity that 'deploys diversity rather than uniformity' and 'brings together the many to stand up for themselves.' Consistently dissatisfied with simplistic framings, he centers labor and class relationships, their significance for Christian theology, and how they matter for rethinking intersectionally about planetary thriving." -- Traci C. West, author of Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality: Africana Lessons on Racism, Religion, and Ending Gender Violence