Christian Humanist Profiles 114: The Church, Authority, and Foucault

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Those who recognize the name Michel Foucault might think of him as the strange heir to the legacies of Marx and Nietzsche, a thinker who preferred the idiosyncratic genealogy to the grand systematic history and a writer whose narration of power-relations in realms as diverse as the prison, the home, and the hospital gave the humanities an entirely new set of questions to pursue in the texts and the artifacts of the human record.  Dr. Steven G. Ogden, in his recent book The Church, Authority, and Foucault, from Routledge, brings that critical vocabulary to bear on the life of the Church and specifically on the power-dynamics that make a bishop a bishop and a layperson a layperson.  Christian Humanist Profiles is pleased to welcome Dr. Steven Ogden on the show to discuss the book.

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