Bleak Theology A post-punk counterweight to joy.

Introducing The Bleak Theology Podcast


The world doesn’t need another religion podcast, but I started one, anyway.

COVID, war, racism, existential angst, climate collapse, economic injustice, genocide, fascism, sexism, racial injustice, trans- and homophobia, general malaise and anxiety, etc., etc. Things look pretty bleak, right now. Let’s talk about that.

If you’re into Christianity, existential crises, and the seemingly insurmountable abyss between the human and the divine, then this is your podcast.

First episode drops, unsurprisingly, on Good Friday.

S1 E2 Exvangelicals, Deconstruction, and World's End The Bleak Theology Podcast

Has the "biblical worldview" always existed? Can the exvangelical escape evangelicalism? Why does "deconstruction" sound so familiar? So many questions. My answers will probably trouble you. But it wouldn’t be bleak theology if Plato, Nietzsche, and Derrida didn’t show up, right? And there’s even some Marx, just for fun. I can’t say that it’s postmodern Marxism, but maybe? Judge for yourselves! Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, The Republic, Book VII. The School of Life video: PLATO ON: The Allegory of the Cave “The Evangelical Roots of our Post-Truth Society”, by Molly Worthen  "Fundamentalism Turns 100, A Landmark for the Religious Right, by William Trollinger, Jesus and John Wayne, by Kristin Du Mez.The Rise of the #Exvangelical, by Bradley Onishi for Religion and Politics  The Deconstructionist Podcast, Episode 1 – “Deconstruction: What? And Why?” (Cited section begins approximately at 5:15)The Deconstructionist Podcast, Episode 136 – Adam Narloch “What is Deconstruction 2022?” (Cited sections begins approximately at 50:30 to about 1:15:00)Jacques Derrida explains deconstruction in “Letter to a Japanese Friend” Richard Marx – Should've Known Better (Official Video) “4 Causes of Deconstruction" by Joshua Ryan Butler for The Gospel CoalitionFriedrich Nietzsche, “The Horizon of the Infinite” from The Gay Science (Sorry for the sound. I'm still figuring this out.)Support the Show.
  1. S1 E2 Exvangelicals, Deconstruction, and World's End
  2. S1 E1 Everything Is Terrible
  3. S1 E0 The Bleak Theology Trailer

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