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Public Theologians

75 EpisodesProduced by Casey HobbsWebsite

Christian theology animates leftist political action. A conversation among socialists, the Christian Left, fellow travelers and beloved comrades.


Brendan J. Payne - Gin, Jesus and Jim Crow

Dr. Brendan J. Payne joins to discuss his book Gin Jesus and Jim Crow: Prohibition and the Transformation of Racial and Religious Politics in the South from LSU Press. Brendan traces the prohibition debate through the lens of Baptist and Methodist traditions, in concert with the progressive voices of the day who successfully lobbied for the 18th Amendment. A familiar theme arose in his research. White religious folk and politicians were...wait for it...super racist and used Black voters as pawns while doing little to nothing to secure their rights. 

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

A note about the podcast: This will be the last in the season, we'll be returning in August but with a new name! Henceforth we'll be known as Dissident Orthodoxy. The feed will stay the same and the content will be similar. Look for some new art work, new music and a bit more descriptive language for what I've been aiming at these two years!

Talk to you in August!


BRENDAN J. J. PAYNE is chair of the Department of History at North Greenville University in South Carolina.

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Music: Orbach

Art: Phil Nellis

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