Barry Taylor | A Liturgy of Surfaces

In this episode of TCM, Preston Price speaks with Barry Taylor about several seemingly random topics: art, Freud, spirituality, shoes, food, religion, cartography, etc.

Music - Amon Tobin: Deo. Jonatan Bäckelie: Laudate Guattari

Jonatan Bäckelie | Subsecular Arts 2.0

The subsecular aims to conceptualize the experience of religion being forced into submission by a hegemonic secular culture. Attempts have been made over the years to speak of a “postsecular condition” and the “return of God” to critique the secularization thesis and to emphasize the continuous role religion plays in culture, politics and so on, but while the postsecular implies an understanding of religion and spirituality which at best is defined by the contours of the secular, the subsecular breaks open the discourse on religion to liberate human spirituality. Rather than allowing for secular society and its established values to dictate the terms for what religion could be, the subsecular accentuates the Spinozist notion that we do not know what a body can do.

Clayton Crockett | The World is Gone

In this episode of The Catacombic Machine, Preston Price and Matt Baker speak with Clayton Crockett,  Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Arkansas, and author of a number of books, most recently Derrida after the End of Writing: Political Theology and New Materialism. He is a co-editor of the book series “Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture” for Columbia University Press. 

Christopher Rodkey | The Madman

In this episode of TCM, Preston Price and Matt Baker speak with Christopher Rodkey, United Church of Christ pastor and religious educator, professor, and author. He is pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Penn State York, York College of Pennsylvania, and Lexington Theological Seminary. You can check out his author page on Amazon here.

Petra Carlsson | #MeToo

A machine is not a given, it is a construction; an organization of separate elements. A machine is made up of partial objects, forming a whole out of heterogeneous bits. Not because they belong together. Not because they were meant for each other, but because creation is possible, construction is possible. Nothing is given but the abstract machine—the very possibility to construct, and construction as immanent action. —Petra Carlsson

Creston Davis | Pedagogy of Hope

It has been noted that in the age of global capitalism virtually everything is for sale. Nothing lies outside of the reach of the market. Today, education is increasingly instrumental, a means to an end known as the so-called “good life.” Squeezed between the demands of capital and budgetary shortfalls, the global priests of education in turn demand ever greater sacrifices from students such that universities that were once sites for the production of knowledge aimed toward the common good, have now become territories of capitalist reproduction which has led to the creation of an entire generation of indoctrinated, indentured, and thus largely depoliticized subjects. 

We Have The Unconscious That We Deserve

Life is the anarchic and continuous creation of unforeseeable novelty, and theology is the premier discipline that nails us down as subjects amidst the forces at play. Unfortunately, the theological enterprise has since its inception been permeated by a reactive desire to invoke a transcendence to which immanence effectively can be attributed. The functioning of theology has thus been to exercise power over life; to judge and to crucify the novel, singular and rare in accordance with established values, which is why the secular revolt against theology in the West was critical.