In this episode we explore Will Campbell, the Committee of Southern Churchmen and the Katallagete; a journal promoting nuanced, theological discussions of major political, cultural, and social crisis in the 20th century. Our guest for the episode is Dr. Jonathan McGregor, Lecturer in the Department of English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. McGregor researches the Christian Left from a literary studies lens. In this fascinating interview McGregor encourages us to interpret The Katallagete as a kind of literary and theological aesthetics. Unlike certain left wing Christian public theology that focuses on the tragic dimensions of human life Campbell and the Katallagete adopt a more comedic aesthetic focusing on the redemptive potential of human life and God’s act of dismantling structures of evil through God’s relentless acts of Grace. McGregor shows us that the Katallagete offers Christians a true alternative to right wing Christian nationalism and the more typical seriousness of a Christian socialism. You won’t want to miss this interview.
Read more here on the Katallagete.
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