Adam Kotsko, Assistant Professor of Shimer College & the philosophical blogging master-mind behind ‘An und für sich,’ is our guest this week.  I previously interviewed Adam but the audio turned out pretty rough so Deacon Stephen Keating went back to the source for a second try & it was delicious. The discussion focused on Adam’s most excellent book The Politics of Redemption: The Social Logic of Salvation where, unlike Tony Jones, he wants to bring the Devil back to the center of our atonement conversations.  Prepare yourself for a devilishly good time & get smart and follow Adam on twitter.

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This was a fun interview to do. Thanks Tripp and Bo for publishing it. If anyone is interested in the book by Dorothee Soelle that Adam mentions at the end of the podcast, here is a place you can find it:


Nice to hear Adam expanding on his ideas. I've read his blog for some time. It's funny how hearing a voice can put tone to his writing...


Anyways, listening to the atonement theory descriptions at around the 22 minute mark, I wonder how much play there is between Girard's understanding of the "exposure" of evil mechanisms (i.e. exposing the sacrificial system - the Devil's claim, in one sense or another) and Kotsko's  understanding of the socio-relational impact (i.e. the impact in human history) of the Jesus event?