New on the Bookshelf

September 14, 2007

Shaking the Gates of Hell: 

Faith-Led Resistance to Corporate Globalization

A New Book by The Reverend Sharon Delgado


Sharon Delgado, a clergy member of the Cal-Nevada Annual Conference, has written a new book titled Shaking the Gates of Hell: Faith-Led Resistance to Corporate Globalization (Fortress Press, September 15, 2007). It has been endorsed by Bill McKibbon, Catherine Keller, Carol Robb, Jurgen Moltmann, Ched Meyers, James Douglass, and others. For details go to


In her book Rev. Delgado asserts that humanity faces a living hell of widespread poverty, social upheaval, repression, war, ecological collapse, and human misery. She claims that the destructive forces at work in this crisis are not abstract or irreversible, but emerge from actual institutions that hold political, economic, and military power. She presents an overview and theological analysis of the institutional “Powers” that make up the system of corporate globalization, including transnational corporations, rule-making bureaucracies such as the IMF, World Bank, and WTO, and enforcement establishments such as the U.S. military/industrial complex. 


Delgado points toward an alternative future that includes spiritual awakening, reverence for God’s creation, faith-led resistance, hope for the earth, and personal and social transformation. She suggests ways that people of faith can join with others to “shake the gates of hell,” resisting the horror of a barren, violent, and poisoned future, while developing viable alternatives to help build a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.