The Magnificast - Ep 66

God is not dead.
God is bread.
The bread is rising!
Bread means revolution.

—New York Young Lords, “Celebration for a People’s Church”

This week, Matt and Dean talk with Darrel Wanzer-Serrano about his book "The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation." In this episode, we hear about The Young Lords, their 13 point platform, and the church offensive. You can find Wanzer-Serrano's book here:…f=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Intro music by Amaryah Armstrong
Outro Music by theillogicalspoon

The Magnificast - Ep 64

We know how much you love our episodes on the intertwined history of Christianity and leftist movements, so we dug up some hot takes on Gerrard Winstanley and The Diggers! Check out this episode for that good historical leftist Christianity and a new segment called "Answers from a Pastor" 
Music by Amaryah Armstrong
Outro by Chumbawamba



The Magnificast - Ep 62 Vaticanomics

The Vatican released a document about economics and dang are the commenters upset! This week we talk about what the document does and doesn't do for Christians on the left, how the Vatican needs a better PR game, and what Christians can say about systemic capitalist problems. You can read along with us for the Magnificast home game here:…/17/180517a.html

Intro/transition music by Amaryah Armstrong
Outro by theillalogicalspoon

The Magnificast - ep 56 - Ep 56 - Grillin' up a Theology of Violence

After last week's discussion with Greg Daly about the Easter Rising, we decided to track down how the Irish Christian Left emerged later in the 20th century. Unsurprisingly, our search brought us to 1968, when a radical Christian collective were in the news for demonstrations and publications. We rounded up a magazine called "Grille," published by some of those Irish Christian lefties, and decided to talk about the article "Theology of Violence" by journalist John Feeney.

Intro music by Amaryah Armstrong.
Outro by theillalogicalspoon.

Ep 55 - The Church and the Rising w/ Greg Daly

On last week's episode, Travis McMaken commented that it's important to find other examples of Christianity that diverge from the usual right-wing path. This episode, we're investigating the faithful revolutionaries from the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. This episode features a brilliant interview with Greg Daly, the author of 1916: The Church and the Rising.

Intro music by Amaryah Armstrong

Outro music by theillogicalspoon

The Magnificast - Ep 53 - Gettin Friendly

Last week we talked about Jacques Ellul's weird anarchism, so this week we're talking with Katherine and Hye Sung from the Friendly Fire Collective about cool anarchism! We talk about how Quakerism and pentecostalism feed into anarchism, why anarchists and Marxists can be buds, and hear about an upcoming retreat in Philadelphia--which you can register for until March 29 (
You might remember Katherine from the episode we did together with her podcast Friendly Anarchism (Ep 39), and you can here both of them chat more in Friendly Anarchism episode 29!

You can read more about the arrest of one of their comrades at a protest against Richard Spencer at Michigan State, and contribute to the bail fund, here:…-jail/

*EDIT* In the episode, we briefly talked about Blair's (of the Friendly Fire Collective mentioned in the episode) pending multiple convictions. However, we've been updated that he is now only facing one!

Intro/transition music by Amaryah Armstrong.

Outro by theillalogicalspoon

The Magnificast - Ep 52 - Anarchy and Christianity Redux

True basement dwellers will remember our totally unlistenable first episode where we tried to talk about Jacques Ellul's book "Anarchy and Christianity." A year later, we revisited the book together in Toronto. Highlights include Ellul's weird anarchism, some more of that Very Good reflection on violence, and a reminder that there are cooler Christian anarchists out there!

Intro music by Amaryah Armstrong
Outro music by theillalogicalspoon

The Magnificast - Ep 51 - Philosophy and Revolt w/ Richard Gilman-Opalsky

Usually, on The Magnificast, we bring on a guest and talk about their work. However, in this episode, we're bringing you an amazing lecture by one of our favorite theorists: Richard Gilman-Opalsky. In this episode, you'll hear Dr. Gilman-Opalsky give a lecture he delivered at Greenville University in the fall of 2017 about incarceration, policing, and revolt.

You can find Gilman-Opalsky's newest book here:

Intro/transition music by Amaryah Armstrong
Outro music by theillalogicalspoon

The Magnificast - Ep 49 - Gettin' Charismatic w Vincent Lloyd

Matt and Dean hung out with Vincent Lloyd in real life, so we decided to bring him back on the show to talk about his forthcoming book, In Defense of Charisma (Columbia University Press)! We talk about why people are suspicious of charisma, what's good about charisma, how charisma functions in organizing contexts, and more!

Also, next week is our 50th episode, and we need your help! Send us your questions, comments, favorite episodes, favorite guests, reflections on the show, etc., and we might read your response! Our email is If you're feeling really ambitious, you can even give us a call at leave a voicemail that we might play on air by calling 815-408-0745!

Intro/transition music by Amaryah Armstrong
Outro music by theillalogicalspoon



The Magnificast - Ep 46 - Remembering Lived Lives w Michael Jimenez

In the past weeks, we've been focusing on conversations about the extremely bad history embedded in Christianity and how to wrestle with Christian complicity. This week, we continue that theme with Michael Jimenez, author of Remembering Lived Lives( In this episode we talk about history, theology, decolonial theory, and we even get back around to Zizek through a patented Magnificast transition!

Dope intro by Amaryah Armstrong
Dope Outro by theillogicalspoon

The Magnificast - Ep 45 Catholic Worker with Brenna Cussen and Joe Kruse

"The biggest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution that has to start with each one of us."
- Dorothy Day

There is no history of the Christian Left in the United States can be complete without a discussion of the Catholic Worker. Staring in 1933, the Catholic Worker was a network of Catholics, Anarchists, and other Leftists who helped establish newspapers, communal farms, and houses of hospitality. In this Episode, Matt and Dean talk with two Catholic Workers: Brenna Cussen and Joe Kruse.

Dope intro beats by Amarya Armstrong
Dope Outro by theillogicalspoo

The Magnificast - ep 44: Christian Complicity (and some Zizek) w/ Marika Rose

In the first half of the show, we talk with Marika Rose about her essay "For Our Sins: Christianity, Complicity and the Racialized Construction of Innocence," which looks at the ways Christian appeals to universality troublingly license Christian colonialism and white supremacy. We talk about Christian complicity in domination, whether there's a future for Christianity, how Trump is innocent, and more! On the second half of the show, we talk about Marika's work on Slovenian Marxist Slavoj Zizek, including how he carries on some of the same pathologies in European Christianity that created white supremacy. As always, the episode is Very Good.

The Magnificast - ep 43: New Year New Left

Talk about a "religious left" has been swirling in the media ever since Donald Trump was elected. Was it a force to be reckoned with in 2017? Will it be a force in 2018? We take a look at some popular representations of the "religious left," and think through the new Christians for Socialism manifesto as one way of responding to the problem of organizing Christian folks struggling to make sense of their moral injunction to capitalism and Trump's presidency. (Bonus Tradinista content. May God have mercy on our menchies.)