Claiming Radical Emanant Theology©


As a matter of public record, I hereby lay claim and copyright to the term Radical Emanant Theology© (“RET”). So far as my reasonably exhaustive research demonstrates, this term is not in generalized use, not in colloquial use, is not the expressed purview of any formal or informal religious institution or organization, nor is it featured in either conventional or academic genres specific to any location or locations, worldwide.


I seminally define Radical Emanant Theology© as a lived doctrine which theologically precipitates, theologically informs, and theologically legitimates radical ideologies and ideologically-catalyzed radical actions– especially actions of violence– in the experiences and performances of its adherents.


The construction of any Radical Emanant Theology© is ultimately causative; it would first inform, and then form, and then express the adherent’s theological radicalization via the adherent’s ideological (“potential RET”) and/or actioned (“kinetic RET”) response to the confluence of extant cultural, historical, social, political, economic, religious (i.e., mythological and ritualistic responses to the sacred) and spiritual influences. An adherent’s consideration of any trait or traits of Radical Emanant Theology© may dwell briefly within a hypothetical stage (“excogitative RET”); the tendency, however, is for the adherent of any Radical Emanant Theology© to rapidly progress beyond the stage of deliberation and engage fully in radicalized action(s)– especially violent actions– as catalyzed and legitimated by the Radical Emanant Theology© itself. Radical Emanant Theology© thus describes an externally-influenced, internally-formed, and thus holistic and organically-emerging, theology of radicalized ideologies and their derivative actions.

A collective/socially definable body of adherents to Radical Emanant Theology© constitutes a Radical Emanant Theological Group©. It must be noted that Radical Emanant Theology© is not always visible to either the objective or subjective observer; it is especially invisible to a casual and/or uninitiated observer who is standing outside the Radical Emanant Theological Group©.


A methodological and/or research-based engagement with Radical Emanant Theology©  would identify, measure, and track the emergence of: (1) the adherent’s radicalized theological aspirations; (2) the adherent’s radicalized theological conclusions, and; (3) the adherent’s derivative ideologies and (especially violent) actions. Such research would, more specifically, concentrate on how and why those formative tenets occur(ed) within the context of the adherent’s daily life. The results of such research may be of particular use to those interested in, or participating in, the deradicalization of Violent Religious Extremists & Militants (“VREM”).


Radical Emanant Theology© possesses its own lexicon (Cf., for example, the terms “potential RET”, “kinetic RET”, and “excogitative RET”, above), a subsequent production of which is forthcoming. The lexicon will remain rooted in clear and conventionally-definable language. The highly adaptable and evolutionary nature of Radical Emanant Theology© necessitates its lexicon remain forever open to assimilating any semantics which are in current and conventional use by its adherents.


Finally, Radical Emanant Theology© does not point specifically to, nor is it restricted from, any one faith tradition, nor to any individual or group, nor to any singular or amalgamated collection of extant cultural, historical, social, political, economic, religious (i.e., mythological and ritualistic responses to the sacred) and spiritual persons, institutions, texts, et alia.


Radical Emanant Theology© is the precise subject of my present and ongoing research. The term Radical Emanant Theology©, and its meanings and applications, will evolve as that research progresses. Persons or institutions wishing to participate in that research, or wishing to conduct their own research in the discipline of Radical Emanant Theology©, are directed to: (1) first contact me via email at <>, and; (2) avoid potential acts of plagiarism by adhering to the generally accepted methods of academic citation. I encourage, and look forward to, the global academic community’s response to, and subsequent engagement with, the emerging discipline of Radical Emanant Theology©.

-Sundar J.M. Brown, 14 September, 2015, Pennsylvania, USA


About Sundar JM Brown

A University of Pennsylvania-trained South Asianist, Seminary-educated Theologian, and Intelligence Community Professional, Sundar J.M. Brown specializes in analysis of Theoterrorism, Counterterrorism and HUMINT Operations. His regional focuses include terror groups/acts in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines, the Middle East and Africa. His primary expertise is Theoterrorism, the intersection of Terrorism and Theology. His present research focuses on apocalyptic themes in terrorist ideologies and on the theological components informing the radicalization and deradicalization of Violent Religious Extremists and Militants. He is the Founder and Director of the IntelliGen Conference on Religion & Violence. *Sundar's Twiter: @SundarJMBrown *Sundar's YouTube Channel: *Sundar's Blog:
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