Episode: In our latest Theology Stream episode, Amy Hughes talks with practical theologian Michael Bruner about Flannery O’Connor, a “theology of the grotesque,” and why literature and art in church isn’t elitist. Michael has some great stories to tell and is one of probably a very few theologians who can talk about what it’s like to write a screenplay. The conversation stems from discussing his latest book A Subversive Gospel: Flannery O’Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth.
Guest & Book: The Reverend Dr. Michael Bruner is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University in California. Born and raised in the Philippines as the son of missionary parents, he received his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington, a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller Seminary. Michael is the author, most recently, of A Subversive Gospel: Flannery O’Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness (IVP Academic Press, 2017). He is currently writing a commentary on the four gospels with his father, Dale Bruner. Michael is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), a Lily Fellow, and a resident scholar at the Huntington Library in San Marino. He lives in Pasadena with his wife Jenna and their two children.