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¡Presente!

Nonviolent Politics and the Resurrection of the Dead

¡Presente! develops a lived theology of nonviolence through an extended case study of the movement to close the School of the Americas (also known as the SOA or WHINSEC). Specifically,it analyzes how the presence of the dead — a presence proclaimed at the annual vigil of the School of the Americas Watch — shapes a distinctive, transnational, nonviolent movement. Kyle B.T. Lambelet argues that such a messianic affirmation need not devolve into violence or sectarianism and, in fact, generates practical reasoning.

By developing a messianic political theology in dialogue with the SOA Watch movement, Lambelet's work contributes to Christian ethics as he explores the political implications of the resurrection of the dead. This book contributes to studies of strategic nonviolence and civil resistance by demonstrating how religious and moral dynamics remain an essential part of such struggles.

About the Author

Kyle B. T. Lambelet is a postdoctoral fellow in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He has a PhD in Theology and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. This is his first book.

Reviews

"In our cynical and morally impoverished times, Kyle B. T. Lambelet demonstrates that non-violent political action is effective because it is moral. ¡Presente! is a deeply researched, cogently analyzed work that shows how a religiously motivated social movement emerging from the left can make a difference. It offers much to think about and a ray of hope." — Lesley Gill, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University

"Lambelet develops a compelling analysis of the history and practice of the movement that emerged to make visible the School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning in Georgia....Through his account, Lambelet challenges the ways both secularist social theorists and Christian theologians have understood nonviolence by setting out a political theology of nonviolent direct action that locates it as a tradition of practical wisdom grounded in a messianic horizon which can, nevertheless, include numerous religious and non-religious beliefs and practices. In doing so, Lambelet makes a signal contribution to the growing literature at the intersection of Christian ethics, ethnography, and political theology." — Luke Bretherton, Professor of Theological Ethics, Sr Fellow Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University
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