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Taylor, Mark Lewis

Mark Taylor is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. His most recent book is Religion, Politics and the Christian Right: Post-9/11 Politics and American Empire. He is currently speaking on themes of post-9/ll U.S. culture, the politics of empire, and the ways white racism pervades U.S. interests in empire and religious practice within the U.S. and globally.

In his book The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America (2001), Taylor addressed theologically the issues of the contemporary prison-industrial complex, police brutality and the death penalty. This book won “Best General Interest Award” from the American Theological Association. He is also the author of, Remembering Esperanza: A Cultural-Political Theology for North American Praxis (1990), Paul Tillich: Theologian of the Boundaries (1987), and co-author of Reconstructing Christian Theology (1996) and other books and numerous articles.

He is national coordinator of “Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal” a group of 800 university teachers organizing for a new trial for Abu-Jamal, a journalist on Pennsylvania’s death row since 1982.

He has also been an activist in the current anti-war movement, in “No More Prisons!” movements and regarding policy issues in Mexico and Latin America. He has numerous essays and columns in professional journals, magazines and newspapers on issues of justice and peace in theology and religion.

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Book Projects


Editor, with Nelson Maldonado and Shelley Wiley, Decolonizing Spirituality in the Americas  (Duke University Press).


Author, Ghosts of American Lands: A Spirituality of Revolutionary Movements.


Author, Theology of Culture in the 21st Century: A Political Turn


Essays in the Pipeline (partial list)


“Paul Tillich’s Ethics: Between Politics and Ontology,” for the Cambridge Companion to Paul Tillich.


“American Evangelicalism and Prophetic Spirit,” for volume assessing the work and influence of Billy Graham.


“Empire and Transcendence: Hardt’s and Negri’s Challenge to Theology and Ethics” in volume, Evangelicals and Empire.


“Beyond Patriotism and Nationalism,” for a volume on patriotism and Christian discipleship.