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A weekly podcast about Christianity and leftist politics. The Magnificast is hosted by Dean Dettloff and Matt Bernico. Each week's episode focuses on a unique or under-realized aspect of territory between Christianity and politics that no one taught you about in sunday school.

The Magnificast The Magnificast

    • Christianity
    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

A weekly podcast about Christianity and leftist politics. The Magnificast is hosted by Dean Dettloff and Matt Bernico. Each week's episode focuses on a unique or under-realized aspect of territory between Christianity and politics that no one taught you about in sunday school.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Definitely Not Dean ,

Wowzah!

What a great podcast! Matt and Dean are some smart cookies, which are the best kinds of cookies. Christianity and leftism? A combo you won't regret. Also, the hosts sound very good-looking, as do all of their guests. 10/10 stars.

hammer_and_fickle ,

Good stuff

As someone with no relationship to USAmerican Christian subculture, The Magnificast is endlessly fascinating. It's half ethnography, and half faith and practice. Dean and Matt welcome the listener into their conversations and into their lives in an easy, friendly way.

I got hooked because of the episode on Mennonite residential schools. I found it immediately useful as my own Meeting figures out how to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Outside of this episode, the podcast has focused on a very specific American context. That said, Dean is Catholic, Matt is Wesleyan, and the podcast has a good ecumenical spirit. It finds strength in its (properly historicized) specificity.

Some things the show has mentioned that I'm excited to get further into: learning from the historical and current violences of Christianity; exploring the tension between Christian idealism and a materialist understanding of history; and materialist analysis of Christian institutions.

My only warning to the would-be listener is: you'll regret any time you spend googling Rob Dreher or Joel Osteen.

Altarwise ,

Essential Listening

As a PhD candidate, I was overjoyed to discover the Magnificast. Matt and Dean combine intelligent and insightful commentary on a wide range of leftist and Christian issues. Perhaps the podcast's greatest credit, however, is its mission of cultivating a theoretically literate Christian left. There are some equalisation issues in the first episode, but don't let that discourage you from listening. Very cool stuff.

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