The Tragedy of the Prodigal Son: Pirates, rebellion and the fight for the commons


The story of the prodigal son has been commonly narrated as a story of beautiful redemption, but what if the son’s failure to escape his father’s empire was read as a tragedy? Drawing on Star Wars, Peter Pan, the Odyssey Kester Brewin explores how a dark, inverted reading of this parable opens up a profound new perspective on the incarnation and our relationship to “the commons.”

Kester Brewin is a teacher, writer and author. His most recent book Mutiny! Why We Love Pirates, and How They Can Save Us, was self-published earlier this year.

Kester Brewin