Brian Zahnd is back on the show. This time we’re chatting with him about the themes raised in his soon to be released book Postcards From Babylon. In it he takes aim at the toxic relationship between Church and Empire, and the religion that has emerged from it, which he calls Americanism. This religion has its own liturgies, gods and sacrificial systems, nearly all of which stands in direct opposition to how the early church understood what it meant to follow Jesus.
So how are followers of Jesus meant to respond? What does it mean to be Church? What spiritual practices can help us stay awake to what feels like an ever more toxic political and religious environment? What does it mean to be a Christian in the age of Trump?
Image provided by Brian Zahnd. Used with permission.
If you want to learn more about Brian’s story, check out our 2017 interview with him How to Deconstruct Quitting Leaving Church, and his book Water to Wine. But you also need to get your hands on Postcards From Babylon, the must-read book that we based this interview on.