By Pak Nung Wong
Qualifying post-Westphalian sovereign statehood as a ‘power’ as argued for in Hendrik Berkhoff’s political theology, this publication addresses the decades-long theological-spiritual debate among Christian realism and Christian pacifism in U.S. international coverage and worldwide Christian circles. It ways the controversy by way of delving into the pacifist Anabaptist political theology and delineates empirically how sovereign statehood in post-colonial Africa and Asia has fallen into the arms of the satan devil, as a ‘fallen energy’ within the Foucaultian phrases of strength buildings, concepts and episteme. whereas the booklet bargains intervention schemes and concepts, it holds that Christian statecraft continues to be the resource of desire to successfully handle a few critical worldwide matters. by way of extension, the publication is therefore a call for participation to ignite debates at the suitability of Christian statecraft and the nexus among spirituality and global politics, making it specifically attention-grabbing for students and scholars within the fields of foreign Politics, Politics of Asian and African States, Post-colonial reviews and Political Theology.
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London: Allen Lane The Penguin Press. Foucault, Michel. 1980. Power/knowledge: Selected interviews and other writings 1972–1977. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf. Foucault, Michel. 1991. Governmentality. In The Foucault effect: Studies in governmentality, with two lectures by and an interview with Michel Foucault, ed. G. Burchell, C. Gordon, and P. Miller. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf. Foucault, Michel. 1995. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Trans. A. Sheridan. New York: Vintage Books.
Grand Rapids: Brazos Press. Part I Structures Chapter 2 Haunted Structures: Agents and Violent Conflicts in Post-colonial African State Formation Abstract A viable sociology of the powers should be able to account for the structural workings of evilness in post-colonial state formation: neo-colonialism. As a result, this chapter aims to theoretically stipulate and empirically substantiate how do the colonially hailed structural properties of the African state are historically connected with such post-colonial evils as violent conflicts, humanitarian crises and underdevelopment.
Wink 1986: 25, italics original) 12 1 Introduction: Towards a Christian Perspective of the Post-colonial State… In a similar vein, Catholic anthropologist Girard also made a similar reflection: Christians heartily distrusted the sovereign states in which Christianity emerged and spread, on account of the violent origin of these states. […] The system of powers Satan has engendered is a concrete phenomenon, material and simultaneously spiritual, religious in a very special sense, efficacious and illusory at the same time.