A Political Theology of the Worthless: A Critique of Modern Axiology

“The formation of a hegemonic Western axiology is premised upon the formation and subsequent suppression of that which is deemed as worthless. ”

Team Members/Contributors

Filipe Maia Boston University School of Theology Contact Me

About this first book grant for scholars of color

This project will investigate narratives of value-formation that occupy a central role in North American Christianity. Situated in the field of political theology, the project will examine the complicity between the historical and material conditions under which values are produced. It will adopt deconstructive and decolonial methods to probe the underside of dominant narratives about value that emerge in Western modernity. The project will tackle five central categories: the nation, the market, the family, the globe, and the corporation. These studies will demonstrate how a set of values were formed around these categories and then show that the construction of value is tied to the formation of that which is construed as worthless. The research will suggest that the ideal of a Christian nation suppressed colonized and indigenous groups, the global market conceals the slave economy, family values codify heteronormative patriarchy, globalizing forces expand through the destruction of the environment, and corporate ethics engenders the docile worker.