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Political Theology II: The Myth of the Closure of Any Political Theology

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Political Theology II is Carl Schmitt's last book. Part polemic, part self-vindication for his involvement in the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP), this is Schmitt's most theological reflection on Christianity and its concept of sovereignty following the Second Vatican Council. At a time of increasing visibility of religion in public debates and a realizati ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published September 22nd 2008 by Polity Press (first published January 1st 1984)
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The Political Theology of Undivided Sovereignty

This book is seemingly (and certainly at times) a rather tedious point by point refutation of Erik Peterson's 1935 'Der Monotheismus als Politisches Problem', which, unfortunately, has only recently been translated into English. Erik Peterson was a Lutheran who converted to Catholicism, I believe in 1930. In his book, Peterson wishes to show that a Christian 'Political Theology' is impossible. This book by Schmitt is his attempt to refute this. Thus
In this book, Schmitt discusses the arguments raised against his Politische Theologie by a theologist named Peterson. Even more than the first book, it is a reading of very specific theological and political sources that I had not encountered before reading this book. This is why I would say that this book is of less relevance to the public at large, but more so for the readers interested in Schmitt's relation with theology.

Schmitt displays some brilliant, lucid arguments that immediately convi
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Aug 11, 2015 Colm Gillis rated it it was ok
Yes, you will get something out of this book and it is worth reading despite the rating I gave it. It is just too dense in places and no real clear point emerges. In fact, the charge levelled against Schmitt, which he is consciously rebutting (that there is no such thing as a politcal theology) seems to be more confirmed the more the book is read.
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Schmitt revises his statements in PT by means of pretending he never said them but actually said something very different, a thing he defends here. I did learn what a parthian arrow is because I read this book, though.
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Carl Schmitt's early career as an academic lawyer falls into the last years of the Wilhelmine Empire. (See for Schmitt's life and career: Bendersky 1983; Balakrishnan 2000; Mehring 2009.) But Schmitt wrote his most influential works, as a young professor of constitutional law in Bonn and later in Berlin, during the Weimar-period: Political Theology, presenting Schmitt's theory of sovereignty, appe ...more
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