For Heaven’s Sake

The Baffler

Given the turmoil that birthed its contemporary interpretation—namely, the Protestant Reformation and colonialism—perhaps the conceptual limits of “religion” function like the levers of state power do in Boer’s eyes: resistant to change, yet an effective security mechanism after a revolution. Red Theology’s overtures are then more like cries of whiteness out in the wilderness, attempts to remain within a sufficiently respectable space of critique to be heard and protected by the state. Any possibility of Christian communism’s ascendance and longevity would necessitate a reckoning with state power as well as white and Christian supremacies, in addition to a wholesale resurrection of religion’s conceptual braiding and overt presence within other pockets of human experience. Sounds like an undertaking of biblical proportions.