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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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 18 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.

    Pope News

    Pope News

    In this episode, we’ll take a look at the ways the claim to “common good” from Catholic Social Teaching can be deployed from the right and why Catholic Social Teaching alone doesn’t go far enough to resolve the tensions of capitalism.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Desacralization of Marxism

    The Desacralization of Marxism

    We've been struggling to answer the question: What does Christianity contribute to Marxism or socialism? This week, we read The Desacralization of Marxism within Latin American Liberation Theology by Otto Axel Maduro Lang to get another perspective. Liberation Theology, as Maduro argues, takes the best of Marxism while rejecting what doesn't make sense in the given context.

    Read the essay here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cYCba-ltq8ZP6RRW8DbN3TSBEmtNxQfk/view?usp=sharing

    Intro Music by Amaryah Armstrong
    Outro music by Paul Robeson
    https://theillalogicalspoon.bandcamp.com/track/hoods-up-the-low-down-technified-blues
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    • 57 min
    An Episode for your Atheist Communist Mom

    An Episode for your Atheist Communist Mom

    Not too long ago, we made the case for why Christians should be socialists. This time, we're looking at the question from another angle and making the case why Socialists should make room for Christians in socialist movements.

    Intro Music by Amaryah Armstrong
    Outro music by theillogicalspoon
    https://theillalogicalspoon.bandcamp.com/track/hoods-up-the-low-down-technified-blues
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    • 1 hr
    James 5 Christianity

    James 5 Christianity

    Everyone's been talking about wages and the labor shortage and we know you've been wondering what we think. So, in this episode, we're embracing James 5 and illuminating the ongoing conversation about wages and why Christians need to be advocates for workers.
    Intro Music by Amaryah Armstrong
    Outro music by St. Lenox
    https://theillalogicalspoon.bandcamp.com/track/hoods-up-the-low-down-technified-blues
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Colombia, Liberation Theology, and Memory W/ Héctor Acero Ferrer

    Colombia, Liberation Theology, and Memory W/ Héctor Acero Ferrer

    Héctor Acero Ferrer is back to talk to us about the ongoing wave of protests and Colombia and to tell us about his work on memory and liberation theology. This is an episode you don't want to miss!

    Intro Music by Amaryah Armstrong
    Outro music by St. Lenox
    https://theillalogicalspoon.bandcamp.com/track/hoods-up-the-low-down-technified-blues
    *Support The Magnificast on Patreon*
    http://patreon.com/themagnificast
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Nicaragua and Cuba w/ Margaret Randall

    Nicaragua and Cuba w/ Margaret Randall

    This week on the show, we talk with Margaret Randall. Margaret Randall is a legendary poet, activist, and many other things! In addition to plenty of poems, she’s written a ton of books, including Christians in the Nicaraguan Revolution, which is a series of interviews she did with Christian Sandinistas, and Exporting Revolution (just to name a few). She spent her life in revolutionary moments, from Mexico in 1968 to Cuba’s most prosperous period to working in the Sandinista government. She even knew Ernesto Cardenal before he was a priest!

    In the interview, we get to hear about her relationship to liberation theology, her life in Cuba, and her experience making socialist media in Nicaragua. You can find more of her work at margaretrandall.org, which we’ll link in the show notes. And you should, because she’s written a ton of great stuff!

    You can find the poetry archives El Corno Emplumado that we talk about briefly here:
    http://opendoor.northwestern.edu/archive/

    Also, be sure to take a look at Margaret's personal website here:
    http://www.margaretrandall.org/

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 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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