Biblical Critical Theory, with Christopher Watkin

Chris Watkin joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to talk about his book — one of the Big Books of 2022: Biblical Critical Theory.

Critical Race Theory is not the only sort of critical theory out there. As a matter of fact, Augustine’s City of God may be the first example of critical theory. How can this kind of academic exercise be understood Biblically? What benefit can it give to theology? Dr. Christopher Watkin, author of Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible’s Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture, joins Matt and Alastair to discuss this often confusing topic. Dr. Watkin argues that in order to even do critical theory, it must be approached at least a theistic if not fully Christian point of view.

Links Mentioned:

Lexham Press Book of the Month

Merrie Band

Dr. Christopher Watkin

Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible’s Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture, by Christopher Watkin [affiliate link]

Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life, by Theodor Adorno [affiliate link]

The Ways of Judgment, by Oliver O’Donovan [affiliate link]

Foucault and Augustine: Reconsidering Power and Love, by J. Joyce Schuld


A Good Excuse
Following Augustine
Critical Theory Must Be Christian
Oppositional Identity
Contrasting Hermeneutics
Who’s it for?
Have you not even heard of the Holy Spirit?

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