The President’s Theodicy: An American Theo-Drama The Problem of Evil

  • Tapji Garba


It has often been noted that that the form of contemporary political life is deeply rooted in the tradition of political theology, and that the inheritance of a theologico–political grammar is responsible for the theo-dramatic structure of contemporary politics. Using Barack Obama’s 2009 Nobel Prize lecture as my example, I argue that Obama relies upon a theologico-political grammar to construct a theodicy for American empire.

“There never was a golden age. There is no point in looking back to one. The first man was immediately the first sinner.” --Karl Barth

“War in one form or another appeared with the first man.” --Barack Obama


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