Resisting Empire, 2019

The problem with having dear friends and colleagues with a podcast is that you kind of want to profile them every time they release a new episode! Apparently, you’re going to have to get used to it, because Peterson Toscano and Liam Hooper are at at it again!

I recently highlighted a previous Bible Bash episode about Ashpenaz, which was particularly poignant in light of the child abuse camps with migrant and asylum-seeking children in them. In the next episode, they went deeper into the Book of Daniel and really showed us the “writing on the wall.”

As I noted in my last post, I mentioned empire in OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Liberation, but decided not to unpack that reference very much at all. Liam and Peterson provocatively open up that topic in episode 5, titled “Resisting Empire.”

Listen for yourself: Bible Bash, Episode 5: Resisting Empire

Liam opens up the topic by looking at Daniel’s predicament in Daniel 5, living as a Jew under the Babylonian Empire. Liam and Peterson tease out the care-taking dynamics any oppressed minority faces when functioning within a system that provides only marginal affirmation. Moreover, they dig into both the conditional privilege that can come with aligning with the “powers that be” and the risks involved in choosing to resist.

Most provocatively, they imagine the (often hidden) ways that the resistance organizes itself, while touching on the dynamics of spiritual bypass involved when we read such Bible stories from a strictly “spiritual” perspective.

Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige on July 3, 2019.

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