The new edition of Mark Lewis Taylors award-winning The Executed God is both a searing indictment of the structures of Lockdown America and a visionary statement of hope. It is also a call for action to Jesus followers to resist US imperial projects and power. Outlining a theatrics of state terror, Taylor identifies and analyzes its instrumentsmass incarceration, militarized police tactics, surveillance, torture, immigrant repression, and capital punishmentthrough which a racist and corporatized Lockdown America enforces in the United States a global neoliberal economic and political imperialism.
Against this, The Executed God proposes a counter-theatrics to state terror, a declamation of the way of the cross for Jesus followers that unmasks the powers of US state domination and enacts an adversarial politics of resistance, artful dramatic actions, and the building of peoples movements. These are all intrinsic to a Christian politics of remembrance of the Jesus executed by empire.
Heralded in its first edition, this new edition is thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded, offering a demanding rethinking and recreating of what being a Christian is and of how Christianity should dream, hope, mobilize, and act to bring about what Taylor terms a liberating material spirituality to unseat the state that kills.