Joerg Rieger & Theology in the Capitalocene

Sam Mickey

This episode of Spotlights features Joerg Rieger, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Theology and the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founding director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice. We discuss his latest book, Theology in the Capitalocene: Ecology, Identity, Class, and Solidarity (Fortress Press, 2022), which explores the implications of the Anthropocene through theological inquiries into ecology, labor, capitalism, and intersectionality. We touch on topics of personal and planetary agency, new materialism, deep solidarity, the tension between transcendence and immanence, reparations, and the power of worker co-ops.

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