“Pope Benedict XVI: From the Third Reich to the Papacy,” with Rudolf J. Siebert

In this introspective discussion, Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, Critical Theorist and Catholic Theologian, discusses with Dr. Dustin J. Byrd the life, work, and legacy of Joseph Ratzinger, i.e., Pope Benedict XVI. Siebert and Ratzinger have many commonalities: they were born the same year; they grew up in Hitler’s Third Reich; they both attended the Hitler Youth; they both were drafted into the Luftwaffenhelfer and later the Wehrmacht; they both were imprisoned in Prisoner-of-War camps; they were both deemed “anti-Nazis” by the Allied forces, and they both entered into the Catholic seminary. However, Siebert chose not to be ordained and had a long and distinguished career in academia – predominately in the United States, whereas Ratzinger chose an academic career within the church and eventually rose to become the 265th Pontiff. This discussion was sponsored by Ekpyrosis Press and the Institute for Critical Social Theory.

“Social Theory and the Fundamental Challenges to Humanity” – Seminar Discussion

On December 17th, 2022, with its partner, the Institute for Critical Social Theory, Ekpyrosis Press sponsored an online seminar to discuss the many challenges that humanity is currently facing. The seminar included Dr. Dustin J. Byrd, Dr. Seyed Javad Miri, Dr. Michael Naughton, Dr. Mehdi Shariati, and Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert. They discussed issues of war, global climate change, authoritarian populism, political-economic disparities, as well as miscarriages of justice.

“Social Theory and the Fundamental Challenges to Humanity” – December 17th, 2022

“Freud and the Frankfurt School,” with Ekpyrosis Press Author, Rudolf J. Siebert

On December 14th, Ekpyrosis Press author, Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, discussed the history and role of Freudian Psychoanalysis with Dr. Dustin J. Byrd. Among the topics discussed were how Freudian Psychoanalysis came to be an integral part of Critical Theory; the differences in interpretation of Freud among the Frankfurt School members; Freud’s abstract negation of religion in distinction to the Frankfurt School’s dialectical negation of religion, etc.

“Freud and the Frankfurt School,” with Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert

“The Relevance of Hegel Today,” with Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert

On October 5th, 2022, Dr. Dustin J. Byrd, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ekpyrosis Press, sat down with the Critical Theorist, Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, to discuss Siebert’s latest book, Hegel and the Critical Theory of Religion. Their discourse, entitled “The Relevance of Hegel Today,” can be found on Ekpyrosis Press’ YouTube channel.

“The Relevance of Hegel Today,” with Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert and Dr. Dustin J. Byrd