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Why Evangelical Christians have left the Right

Why Evangelical Christians have left the Right By Marcia Pally Religion & Ethics  Friday 28 October 2011  For much of the last century, America’s evangelicals have been the whipping boy of progressives and intellectuals of all sorts. Ostensibly, they use government to impose their interpretation of Scripture on the body politic and – paradoxical to … Continue reading

Commonwealth and Covenant in The New York Times

David Brooks, in his New York Times column, discusses Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality  

Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality

Commonwealth and Covenant. This 2016 volume applies intellectual history, philosophy, and theologies of relationality (Christian and Jewish) to develop a framework for economic and political policy. A “magisterial study of relationality in Western theology and culture”—William Storrar, Center for Theological Inquiry. Purchase on Amazon What framework should we use to develop economic and political policy? … Continue reading

Mimesis and Sacrifice

Mimesis and Sacrifice (Ed., 2019): this edited volume by an inter-disciplinary and international groups of scholars looks at the ethics of how notions of sacrifice are used in contemporary life, from the military and business to gender relation and politics. Purchase on Amazon The book’s central questions emerge from Rene Girard’s mimetic theory: as a … Continue reading

A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS: American populism–the Past that Makes the Present

A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS: American populism–the history that makes our politics, health care, nativism, and Paris peace accord withdrawal By Marcia Pally Published in Religious and Ethics, June 8, 2017 In the United States, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) is not likely to benefit a majority of Americans. Neither are … Continue reading

Our artificial individualism needs to be re-embedded in communities

Our artificial individualism needs to be re-embedded in communities By Marcia Pally ABC RELIGION AND ETHICS 10 OCT 2012 BEING FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SEPARABILITY OR SITUATEDNESS, BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OR COMMUNITY AND TRADITION, LEADS THE WEST TO THE WORST OF ITSELF. Has the West lost its pizzazz – its gravitas, ability to guide, its … Continue reading

A “social imaginary” of the commons: Its ontology and politics

A “social imaginary” of the commons: Its ontology and politics by Marcia Pally and Adrian Pabst Abstract: This article suggests that the political and socio-economic difficulties burdening advanced economies, a factor as well in recent populist surges, are best addressed not only by political and economic theory but through a more primary understanding of how … Continue reading

America’s ”New Evangelicals”: Emissaries for the Common Good

By Marcia Pally Published in Die Welt, Oct. 19, 2010  In public discussion today, religion is a sorry sight, linked to fundamentalism, terrorism, and benighted threats to democracy. This is just what Europe’s Enlightenment predicted in its thriller-theory of modern history: nefarious religion tries to kidnap the Infanta Democracy who is saved by the Knight … Continue reading

America’s Marketplace of Confessions: Evangelical Christianity’s Gift to Muslims

America’s Marketplace of Confessions: Evangelical Christianity’s Gift to Muslims By Marcia Pally In the thinking and reflection that I suppose inevitably comes with the tenth anniversary of the 2001 September 11th attacks, I found myself reviewing the research on the quality of Muslim life, espeically in Europe where many of the attackers had been living, … Continue reading

Analyzing America’s vigilante love affair with guns

Analyzing America’s vigilante love affair with guns By Marcia Pally Religion News Service; December 16, 2015 Analyzing America’s vigilante love affair with guns (COMMENTARY)   (RNS) Although this week’s GOP debate focused on terrorism and national security, none of the candidates drew a connection to the availability of guns, as though it’s not a problem. What … Continue reading

Aquinas & Politics: Getting Out of and Into the Common Good

Aquinas & Politics: Getting Out of and Into the Common Good By Marcia Pally published by Counterpoint Navigating Knowledge, March 13, 2019 I’m writing this blog just on returning from a conference hosted by the Thomist Center in New York. The center aims at scholarly research on the work of Thomas Aquinas, perhaps the greatest … Continue reading

America’s New Evangelicals and Their Politics

Campaign Stops STRONG OPINIONS ON THE 2012 ELECTION The New Evangelicals By MARCIA PALLY The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2011 Though public support for both major political parties is very low, one group of voters is usually exempted from this malaise: evangelicals. It’s assumed that at least these “values voters” are getting what they want. … Continue reading

Reduce Abortions–Realign US politics: New Evangelical ideas

Reduce Abortions–Realign US politics: New Evangelical ideas By Marcia Pally It’s political gospel that evangelicals are a solid Republican bloc because they vote only for candidates who oppose abortion. And on the whole, this is true–as they’ll likely again show in the upcoming Iowa caucuses. But something’s up: wiggle room. While evangelical opposition to abortion … Continue reading

Sacrifice: Biological and theological investigations for economic & political praxis

Sacrifice: Biological and theological investigations for economic and military/political praxis  Humboldt University-Berlin Theology Faculty 16-17 June, 2016 Marcia Pally The type, meaning, and assessment (value) of sacrifice is known to be contingent upon time and culture. I would like to look at the meaning and value of sacrifice as contingent on the nature of the relationship … Continue reading

Asymmetric Warfare: The First Three Thousand Years

 Asymmetric Warfare: The First Three Thousand Years By Marcia Pally  ·  Thursday, April 27, 2017 The thoughts below were first presented at the 2017 Telos Paul Piccone Institute conference, “Asymmetrical Warfare: The Centrality of the Political to the Strategic.”   On the perhaps naïve presumption that politics are grounded in ideals, norms, and values that guide (if not govern) … Continue reading

Marcia Pally

Marcia Pally

New York University, Fordham University, and annual guest professor at the Theology Faculty of Humboldt University, Berlin. Research interests: religion, culture, and politics and the intersection of language and culture.

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New Release: Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality

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Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality (2016), nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in religion.and selected by the U.N.'s Committee on Education for Justice to be distributed to “educators, academics, policy-makers...throughout the world.”

Mimesis and Sacrifice

Mimesis and Sacrifice (Ed., 2019), this edited volume by an inter-disciplinary and international groups of scholars looks at the ethics of how notions of sacrifice are used in contemporary life, from the military and business to gender relation and politics.

America’s New Evangelicals

America's New Evangelicals

The New Evangelicals (2011), a brief history of American evangelicalism and in-depth interviews of evangelicals who have left the right.