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Ekklesia

Three Inquiries in Church and State

Paul Christopher Johnson, Pamela E. Klassen, and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Ekklesia

Paul Christopher Johnson, Pamela E. Klassen, and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

224 pages | 9 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226545585 Will Publish March 2018
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226545448 Will Publish March 2018
E-book $27.50 ISBN: 9780226545615 Will Publish March 2018
Ekklesia: Three Inquiries in Church and State offers a New World rejoinder to the largely Europe-centered academic discourse on church and state. In contrast to what is often assumed, in the Americas the relationship between church and state has not been one of freedom or separation but one of unstable and adaptable collusion. Ekklesia sees in the settler states of North and South America alternative patterns of conjoined religious and political power, patterns resulting from the undertow of other gods, other peoples, and other claims to sovereignty. These local challenges have led to a continuously contested attempt to realize a church-minded state, a state-minded church, and the systems that develop in their concert. The shifting borders of their separation and the episodic conjoining of church and state took new forms in both theory and practice.
The first of a closely linked trio of essays is by Paul Johnson, and offers a new interpretation of the Brazilian community gathered at Canudos and its massacre in 1896–97, carried out as a joint churchstate mission and spectacle. In the second essay, Pamela Klassen argues that the colonial churchstate relationship of Canada came into being through local and national practices that emerged as Indigenous nations responded to and resisted becoming “possessions” of colonial British America. Finally, Winnifred Sullivan’s essay begins with reflection on the increased effort within the United States to ban Bibles and scriptural references from death penalty courtrooms and jury rooms; she follows with a consideration of the political theological pressure thereby placed on the jury that decides between life and death. Through these three inquiries, Ekklesia takes up the familiar topos of “church and state” in order to render it strange.
 
Contents

Introduction
Paul Christopher Johnson, Pamela E. Klassen, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

The People and the Law of the Hound at Canudos
Paul Christopher Johnson

Spiritual Jurisdictions: Treaty People and the Queen of Canada
Pamela E. Klassen

Banning Bibles; Death-Qualifying a Jury
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Acknowledgments
Bibliography

Review Quotes
Courtney Bender, Columbia University
Ekklesia breathes welcome new life into arguments about “church and state,” offering fresh coordinates, frontiers, and observations with which to better understand the knotty and often violent hybrids of “churchstate” relations throughout the Americas. Read separately and in comparison, its three provocative narratives and erudite opening chapter offer an important new path for understanding the enduring entanglements of religious matters in the shaping of sovereignty and peoplehood in American state formations.”
Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University
Ekklesia promises in particular to rattle and refresh classroom and scholarly discussions of American church-stateness, leading them productively beyond the vision of the framers enshrined in the First Amendment. Each of the case studies is cinematically riveting, a selling point for classroom use, and each attends in different ways to the foundational violence of European settlement and of Christian visions of religious authority. Each essay is sound, useful and engagingly written, with rich bibliographies and resources for further thought. Together, however, their effect is stunning and transformative. This is a remarkable book.”
Benjamin Berger, York University
"In this evocative and beautifully rendered volume, Johnson, Klassen and Sullivan issue a welcome invitation to look afresh at 'church and state' as inescapably potent, contingent, and entangled dimensions of our political and legal communities.  Unsettling tidy and tired stories about the separation of church and state, Ekklesia is a challenging meditation on the messiness, strangeness, and instability of the relations among religion, law, and politics.  In their essays, and against a literature dominated by stories about Europe, the authors challenge us to see what can be seen when we consider church and state from 'close-range' in the Americas, where these relations take place on a terrain of contested sovereignties."
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