The Stone that the Builders Rejected

Work, Empire, and the Two Faces of the Bible

Authors

  • Marika Rose Durham University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v7i3.28301

Keywords:

Christianity, capitalism, Protestant work ethic, Marxism, RIOT bible, radical

Abstract

This paper interrogates the liberationist vision of Sandford’s ‘Luxury Communist Jesus’, the reactionary Jesus of Myles’ ‘Opiate of Christ’ and the imperialist chronologies of Wan’s ‘Reflections on Empire’ in relation to broader questions concerning the ambiguities of scriptural hermeneutics and the complex relationship of Christianity to capitalism.

Author Biography

Marika Rose, Durham University

Marika Rose is a Research Fellow at the CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology, Durham University. She is reviews editor of the journal “Theology and Sexuality”. She recently completed a PhD thesis on the relationship between the Christian apophatic tradition and contemporary continental philosophy, particularly the work of Slavoj Žižek. Her current project focuses on angels, cyborgs, and the theology of work.

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Published

2016-01-20

How to Cite

Rose, M. (2016). The Stone that the Builders Rejected: Work, Empire, and the Two Faces of the Bible. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 7(3), 305–310. https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v7i3.28301

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