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Professor Carl Raschke's Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

“Drawing on the thought of Hegel and Nietzsche as well as recent work by Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Joseph Goux, Giorgio Agamben, and Alain Badiou, among others, Raschke recasts political theology for a new generation. He proposes a bold, uncompromising critical theory that acknowledges the enduring significance of Marx without his materialism and builds a vital, more spiritually grounded relationship between politics and the religious imaginary.”

Professor Carl Raschke's new book Force of God:  Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy is now available in the "Insurrections" series from Columbia University Press.  The book is a major theoretical piece that confronts both the cultural decline of the West and the growing global economic crisis we are facing today.

Click here to read more about his new book.

Click here to order your own copy today!

 Force of God

Professor benjamin nourse awarded Prestigious Three-year Mellon-Funded fellowship 

RLGS has the pleasure to announce that our post-doctoral teaching fellow, Benjamin Nourse, has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School. As the fellowship notes:

Mellon Fellows study with Rare Book School’s distinguished international faculty once per year for three years. Fellows receive hands-on, expert instruction by RBS faculty on interpreting the material forms of textual artifacts, from medieval manuscripts and early American hand-press books to born-digital materials. During these weeklong seminar-style courses, fellows have the opportunity to handle, analyze, and interpret materials from RBS’s c.80,000-item collection, from the University of Virginia’s Special Collections, and, in some cases, from the Library of Congress, The Morgan Library & Museum, and other major special collections in the United States. One course, Advanced Seminar in Critical Bibliography, is required; fellows choose the other two courses to suit their research interests. The fellowship provides a $6,000 stipend to cover travel, meals, lodging, course materials, and research-related needs, in addition to tuition waivers for three RBS courses.

This is a tremendous honor and signals the start of a successful career! We are delighted to have Professor Nourse with us - and encourage students to look for his courses on Buddhism, which are among our most popular.

Click here for more information on Prof. Nourse's fellowship.

Congratulations to RLGS Undergraduate award winners

Please join the Department in congratulating our undergraduate award winners:

Melanie Kesner, Cecil Franklin Award

Kieryn Wurts-Hammond, Cecil Franklin Award

Neda Kikhia, Gregory A. Robbins Award

We are proud of all our students and their many accomplishments in scholarship and service.

Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions workshop, June 8-11

Of Interest: Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions

International Live Video Workshop on Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna)

Presented by the Departments of Philosophy at  the University of Denver and Marquette University  and  the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies

For more information, please visit the workshop's website.

RLGS-ILIFF JDP student wins Theta Alpha Kappa Albert Clark Award

RLGS and the DU-ILIFF Joint Doctoral Program have the great pleasure to announce that – for the third year in a row – a University of Denver-Iliff School of Theology Joint Doctoral Program student has won the Theta Alpha Kappa Albert Clark Award.

Theta Alpha Kappa is the US national honor society for theology and religious studies; DU has been a chapter member since 2013. The Albert Clark Award is offered annually for the best undergraduate and graduate essays submitted to the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa , and includes a $500 prize. 

This year, Daniel Yencich has won the graduate award for an essay titled “God in the Central Tower”; his essay will be published in the Journal later this year or in 2016.