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Join Dave and Joel as they meander through politics, pop-culture, church and society to consider how a theological imagination creatively envisages and serves the common good.

The Eucatastrophe The Eucatastrophe

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Join Dave and Joel as they meander through politics, pop-culture, church and society to consider how a theological imagination creatively envisages and serves the common good.

    Doubt

    Doubt

    Dave and Joel discuss the doubt that can creep up on (or consume) a Christian. Dave considers how doubt can mean the unravelling of a person’s entire world. What are the sources of the Christian’s doubt? They discuss epistemic individualism, hyperstimulation and the loss of the sublime, and ego-driven clergy. Each of these point to the failure to cultivate a culture – and character – that gives Christianity its intelligibility. It’s fun-times easy-summer listening from the Eucatastrophe.

    • 56 min
    Fratelli Tutti

    Fratelli Tutti

    Joel and Dave discuss Pope Francis’s encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’. Francis turns over a bunch of tables – selfish egoistic consumption, financial speculation, nationalism, war, the death penalty, ‘parallel monologues’ of digital culture, despotism that robs traditions, mockery of the good, and the privileging of property. In their place, Francis argues for fraternity amongst all people. It’s Christian populism, for social ends. Needless to say, Joel and Dave quite like it and thank the Pope for listening to the Eucatastrophe.

    • 42 min
    2020

    2020

    Dave and Joel ponder 2020. Increasing consumption, watering-down industrial relations protections, rising poverty, and diminishing concern for the most vulnerable. What does it really mean to ‘build back better’ (shudder)? Doing so may mean infusing politics with a religious sense of personhood, love, or fraternity. But the pandemic has also pointed to another question: whether the paramount good of religious community, or the Church, is incomprehensible in an economy-driven society. Part dramatic-sigh, part-unwarranted hopefulness.

    • 39 min
    The Needs of the Soul

    The Needs of the Soul

    Dave and Joel discuss Simone Weil’s brilliant work of political philosophy, ‘The Need for Roots’. They look at the first chapter, ‘The Needs of the Soul’, where Weil paints a picture of the ways in which a just political order provides spiritual nourishment for its subjects. How is beauty related to justice? What is the relationship between rights and obligations? Should authors be sent to the gulag for factual errors? It’s a pedant’s paradise in Simone’s republic!

    • 42 min
    Post-Liberal Religious Liberty: Part 2

    Post-Liberal Religious Liberty: Part 2

    Dave poses the hard questions in part 2 on Joel’s book, ‘Post-Liberal Religious Liberty: Forming Communities of Charity’. What does the ‘spiritualising of subjectivity’ mean? What is ‘the ecclesiological account’ of religious liberty? What’s with this Augustine love-fest? Joel contrasts his account and liberal pluralist arguments offered by other Christian authors. He argues that religious liberty must be grounded not in secular neutrality, but in the political community’s commitment to religion, integral to the common good. Dave wonders whether this involves swimming pools.

    • 50 min
    Post-Liberal Religious Liberty: Part 1

    Post-Liberal Religious Liberty: Part 1

    Dave interrogates Joel about his recent book, ‘Post-Liberal Religious Liberty: Forming Communities of Charity’ (Cambridge University Press, 2020), which offers an answer to the question: why does religious liberty matter? In part 1 of a two-part descent into Joel’s brain, the claim that religious liberty protects the quest for true religion is discussed, along with the (perhaps dominant) liberal egalitarian account of religious liberty, which sees political authority as supporting ethical individualism or individual authenticity. Joel suggests that this account while purporting to be secular, is in fact shaped by theological claims. Dave finally gets to talk about the Supreme Court of the United States. 

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

nathan523 ,

Fantastic chats

Such interesting themes under discussion, with a healthy dash of fun. Love it.

mitcheast1 ,

There is still hope... maybe...

Is it bad that I’m gathering the theological and moral formation which I should have collected from my theological institution from the Eucatastrophe? It says one of two things; either I’m a terrible student, or the institution is trash...
Either way it says something great about Dave and Joel.
Extremely thoughtful and intelligent conversations which only drive me into seeking the communal, moral, ethical, economic, intellectual, etc. of the Christian life.

I’m very thankful for these conversations.

im a catastrophe ,

De-colonisation

Did a course on colonialism and the rule of law this semester at uni. Also started listening to this podcast. Coincidence? I think not! Providence, rather! Thanks for ‘de-colonising’ my reformed, evangelical mind - I do feel like it has been valuable hearing some interesting conversations about how we can approach church, life and faith from a slightly different perspective and I hope you keep up the awesome work! I always get a small buzz when I see you’ve uploaded your next episode! Anyway, sorry for the ramble, I’m writing this after chucking an all-nighter to finish my term essay and I’m running on fumes but you asked your listeners to leave a review because it helps the podcast and it felt like the least I could do

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