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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

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    • 4.7, 14 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.

    Libruhl Freedom

    Libruhl Freedom

    WHAT DOES JK ROWLING HAVE IN COMMON WITH THE IWW? Well, basically nothing, but they both were really invested in the fight for free speech, though for wildly different reasons. In this week's episode we're talking about the illiberal left, cancel culture, and how leftists have dealt with the freedom of speech.


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    • 58 min
    Saintly Statues and Marxist History

    Saintly Statues and Marxist History

    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.

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    • 57 min
    Abolition & Marxism

    Abolition & Marxism

    This week on The Magnificast, Matt & Dean talk about Alex Vitale's book The End of Police and talk about why Christians on the left should care about police abolition. They also discuss Jamal Rich's take on abolition and communism. You can find the article here: https://www.cpusa.org/article/prison-and-police-abolition-reimagining-public-safety-and-liberation/

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    [BONUS EPISODE] The Lock In

    [BONUS EPISODE] The Lock In

    For the last few weeks, Matt and Dean have been making a bit o' patreon only content called The Lock In. Much like the classic church lock in, the Magnifiboys play some goofy games and then have a real "Come to Jesus" moment by talking about the current events of the past week. If you're into this content and want to get it weekly, then support to The Magnificast on patreon (patreon.com/themagnificast for $2+!

    • 32 min
    #8toAbolition w/ Micah Herskind

    #8toAbolition w/ Micah Herskind

    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! Speaking with Micah Herskin, one of the co-creators of #8toAbolition, we get into the big ideas behind abolition and why Christians should care about it.

    You can learn more about #8toAbolition here: https://www.8toabolition.com/

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    • 42 min
    Christian Order and Racial Order w/ Amaryah Shaye Armstrong

    Christian Order and Racial Order w/ Amaryah Shaye Armstrong

    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 the Black Lives Matter protests.

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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 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.

BamBambiggalo ,

Incels with an attitude.

I have my PHD like the other reviewers, just didn’t pull mine from the TP roll.
I did not know the bible had a colour code? Actually I don’t believe colour is mentioned in the bible once.......you know who did? Mohammad, he did have slaves, and the Koran tells you how to properly treat them. Mohammad also beheaded people for their beliefs and colour and waged war, Jesus flipped tables, made a whip once. So is that the problem with Christianity’s holy book? It’s not bathed in human blood enough?
Don’t talk about the Gulags they didn’t hurt nobody, don’t talk about the ongoing slave trades in Africa (450 years now) or Middle East where you can still buy eunuchs on Craigslist for childcare. China they won’t touch as it’s the new mother country that kills and sells Christian and Fall gong believers organs. That’s not racist apparently, that’s not cause for outrage.
Because Christian bad. Systematically bad, We know christians bad because we are christians and we are bad but now we good, see so good. Thats this podcast.

Hint; If you look hard enough you will see something in nothing, the human mind is created to see patterns even where there is none. It’s scientifically documented. The cognitive dissonance is strong with these 2. Couple of hardcore marxists with online bought collars trying to bring down a system from the inside. Like they always do. Do your own research on these 2 marxist incels and the articles that are online they write.

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.

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