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This is an episode we did with Revolutionary Left Radio, but we figured it was worth sharing here too!In this episode Matt Bernico and Dean Dettloff from The Magnificast podcast join Breht to discuss the history and ideology of Liberation Theology. Check out Dean's course that he is currently teaching on liberation theology HEREFollow The Magnifica…
 
You know we've got to talk about Pope Francis' new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti! This week, we talk through some of the themes of the encyclica like fraternity, immigration, neoliberalism, populism, and more. Get at this good pope news. Intro Music by Amaryah Armstrong Outro music by theillogicalspoon https://theillalogicalspoon.bandcamp.com/track/ho…
 
We've done a handful of episodes where we've talked about "the Christian left" as it exists according to the twitter dialogue, but what does it look like on the ground? As a special episode, we're dipping into how one church, Zao MKE Church in Milwaukee, has been engaging with and aiding ongoing struggles and protests in their communities. Learn mo…
 
This week the Magnifiboys are joined by journalist Olga Segura (@OlgaMSegura) a reporter at The National Catholic Reporter and author of the forthcoming book The Birth of A Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church. In this episode, we talk about the silence and sometimes antagonism of the Catholic Hierarchy with regards to Black Lives M…
 
Last week we made the case for Christian anti-imperialism, but maybe we're getting too far ahead of ourselves! Christians can and have been anti-imperialists, but for most of history Christianity has been an imperializing force. Intro Music by Amaryah Armstrong Outro music by theillogicalspoon https://theillalogicalspoon.bandcamp.com/track/hoods-up…
 
What should come first for Christians? Politics or religion? Is there a truly biblical politics out there that transcends all politics? Or do we have to craft our politics and religion together? To get into these big questions, Matt and Dean read Juan Segundo's The Liberation of Theology. Intro Music by Amaryah Armstrong Outro music by theillogical…
 
This past week, Angela Davis expressed the strategic importance of voting for Joe Biden in the upcoming election. Obviously, no one is super excited about that prospect, but she's not wrong. In this week's episode, Matt and Dean take a look at Lenin, The Black Panther Party, and the CPUSA's approach to voting. Intro Music by Amaryah Armstrong Outro…
 
Over the past few weeks, we've seen activists tear down statues of confederate statues, that's pretty cool. But, they've also torn down a statue of a saint, is that cool? It is! In this episode, Matt and Dean talk about the current discourse around statues, Saints, Benjamin's philosophy of history and Marika Rose's Theology of Failure. Intro Music …
 
Even a few weeks ago, it would have been hard to imagine that everyone would be talking about police abolition, but here we are! You've read about it in the NYT, you've seen it hotly debated on twitter, and you've read the worst opinions about it on your mom's facebook page, but this week, Matt and Dean have got the real scoop on police abolition! …
 
This week on The Magnificast, Matt and Dean talk with Amaryah Shaye Armstrong about her new piece in The Bias (read it here: https://christiansocialism.com/cedric-robinson-racial-order-christianity-socialism/). In this episode, Amaryah helps us apply Cedric Robinson's ideas regarding racial capitalism and order to our current moment with regards to…
 
Do you like stories about people who fearlessly speak truth to power? Of course you do. This week, Matt and Dean talk to Marcus Rediker about his book The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist. You can get the book here: https://bookshop.org/books/the-fearless-benjamin-lay-the-quaker-dwarf-who-becam…
 
It seems like everyone is a labor reporter these days, even folks at the Gospel Coalition. Though, rather than talking about strikes and wages, they're talking about how to fire someone like Jesus would. In this episode, Matt and Dean investigate the ways Christians talk and think about labor and then bring in that hot Marxist analysis. Intro Music…
 
Christians have a peculiar way of talking about politics--liberal evangelicals especially! In this episode, we take a closer look at the vague political rhetoric of the evangelical left and talk about the ways Marxist political analysis functions as a tool box for people who care about justice. Intro Music by Amaryah Armstrong Outro music by theill…
 
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