Those who want to do only theology, whether conservative or progressive, and those who seek to be faithful to Christ at the religious level alone will have to face the uncomfortable truth that they might be drawn into the force field of empire unconsciously, without being aware of it. The deep-seated and well established force fields maintained by empire must not be underestimated. Christian theology that seeks to stay true to the alternative and challenging inspiration of Christ… will have to find new ways of dealing with the influences of empire.
Christ and Empire: Form Paul to Postcolonial Times by Joerg Rieger (Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2007),
( p. 313).