As I argued in my previous post, there are indications that Paul Kahn subscribes to Carl Schmitt’s belief in the substantial cultural indebtedness of the modern to “the theological.” Most of these stem from the “genealogical” side of his methodology. But his search for residuum of the past is supported, as I will here attempt to demonstrate, by a very selective use of history.Read the rest of Paul Kahn’s mis-prognosis of America’s social imaginary.
Jason W. Stevens is working on a project entitled "Contending Secularizations: Religion and American Film, 1934-2004" as a fellow at the National Humanities Center (2011-2012). He is the author of God-Fearing and Free: A Spiritual History of America's Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2010).
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Paul Kahn’s task, he says, is to describe and interpret, rather than demystify, America’s political theology. That political theology, he argues, has contributed to making America an irresponsible, at times bellicose and dangerous, superpower. Yet, in Kahn’s opinion, religious faith and “secularized” deposits of religion are so deeply interwoven with nationalism, law, and foreign policy in the American social imaginary that the only alternative, he indicates, is to manipulate the existing political theology, as he defines it, to achieve more desirable goals.Read the rest of Is sovereignty necessarily theological?.