S1:E2 Theology & Politics

Does politics have to do with voting and divisive debates? Or is it something else? Is it possible to talk about religion and politics in a way that deepens our life together rather than creating more division and bringing conversation to a stop?

In this episode Jeff and Emily talk to Dr. Vincent Lloyd and Dr. Ned O’Gorman to discuss a better vision for politics and how theology can inform our life together. We talk about Hannah Arendt’s political vision, Martin Luther King Jr.’s theology, mass incarceration, justice, critiques of liberalism, and what it means to recognize we are all immersed in webs of relationships.

Vincent Lloyd is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Political Theology and the author of many books including his most recent book, co-authored with Josh Dubler: Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons.

Ned O’Gorman is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois and the author of several books including his most recent Politics for Everybody: Reading Hanna Arendt in Uncertain Times .

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