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Planetary LovesSpivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology$
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Stephen D. Moore and Mayra Rivera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233250

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233250.001.0001

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Pax Terra and other Utopias? Planetarity, Cosmopolitanism, and the Kingdom of God

Pax Terra and other Utopias? Planetarity, Cosmopolitanism, and the Kingdom of God

(p.281) Pax Terra and other Utopias? Planetarity, Cosmopolitanism, and the Kingdom of God
Planetary Loves


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This chapter, informed by Spivak's planetarity and Mignolo's “critical cosmopolitanism,” constructs a theology of the transterratorial that seeks not an originary paradise or a monolithic telos. Neither Eden nor the globe contains a theopolitics of friendship. The kingdom of God envisioned as planetary cosmopolis, however, offers parables and practices of the convivial in an ever-to-come, ever-displaced universe. Through various twists and turns, including some God-talk and an open-ended account of atonement theory and cosmology, it constructs a political theology from the uncanny (in this case, ou topos) ground of a strategic utopianism. Akin to Spivak's strategic essentialism, this strategy resists universal absolutes, yet recognizes the import (and inevitability) of universals employed as bearers of irreducible rights and collective responsibilities. The chapter concludes with a parable of the divine planetary cosmopolis: Pax Terra.

Keywords:   Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, planetarity, Mignolo, cosmopolitanism, atonement theory, cosmology, political theology, strategic utopianism

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