Theology, unfortunately, has been for a long time in the same dire state where epistemology and aesthetics were before the onslaught of constructivism […] thus, its most essential phenomenon, its own original type of mediation, its very core, is defined in the exact terms of another one that goes in completely different directions and produces utterly different objects and subjects.

(cited from Bruno Latour, 1998, ‘How to be Iconophilic in Art, Science and Religion’ in Caroline A. Jones and Peter Galison (eds.), Picturing Science Producing Art, New York: Routledge, pp.418–440).

My name is Tim Howles; I’m a theologian based at the University of Oxford and father of two. My full profile can be found here.

The purpose of this blog is to exegete and test the political theology of Bruno Latour, including his concept of ‘religion as a mode of existence’ as developed in his Inquiry into Modes of Existence and elsewhere. As well as his own texts, the blog will attempt to bring to bear interlocutors to Latour’s political theology, both acknowledged and unacknowledged, including Michel Serres, Peter Sloterdijk, Jan Assmann, Carl Schmitt, Rowan Williams and Michael Northcott.

Comments most welcome; I will try to answer them where I can.


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