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We discuss the shape faithfulness to the Gospel should take in the twenty-first century. We talk a lot about theology, but may take up anything pertaining to politics, culture, or society as well.

Mere Fidelity Mere Fidelity

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We discuss the shape faithfulness to the Gospel should take in the twenty-first century. We talk a lot about theology, but may take up anything pertaining to politics, culture, or society as well.

    'Christ and Calamity,' with Dr. Harold Senkbeil

    'Christ and Calamity,' with Dr. Harold Senkbeil

    Dr. Harold Senkbeil joins Derek and Alastair to discuss his latest book, 'Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley.' Listen in to hear them discuss why mere ideas are not sufficient to help those who are suffering, why calamity is its own category of suffering, how to endure tragedy without immediately trying to fix it, and more.

    • 45 min
    The Imago Dei

    The Imago Dei

    The Imago Dei is one of the most used theological categories to argue why all humans deserve dignity and sanctity. However, is this all that the imago dei should be used for? The entire cast and crew of Matt, Derek, Alastair, and Andrew are here to discuss how to think and speak about the imago dei: was Barth right about the image, should it be used to describe human rights, and what are the actual contents of the imago dei? Listen in to hear all of these questions and more.

    • 48 min
    The Theology of the Tabernacle

    The Theology of the Tabernacle

    Matt, Derek, and Alastair take a respite from discussions surrounding current events to take up the biblical theological topic of the tabernacle. Listen in to hear how the tabernacle motif is carried throughout scripture and why it isn't merely a tool of foreshadowing or a recipe for aesthetics in churches today.

    • 46 min
    "God and Guns in America," with Dr. Michael Austin

    "God and Guns in America," with Dr. Michael Austin

    How should Christians think and act with respect to guns and gun ownership? Dr. Michael Austin (Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University), joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss his recent book, "God and Guns in America." Listen in to hear questions like, are assault rifles necessary, why has owning a gun become a right of passage for some, and how do we steer clear from polarization on the topic of guns?

    • 45 min
    The Bostock Ruling with Tim Schultz

    The Bostock Ruling with Tim Schultz

    Tim Schultz, the president of the 1st Amendment Partnership, a partner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s American Religious Freedom Program (ARFP), joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss the Bostock v. Clayton County ruling.

    • 53 min
    "Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World," with Dr. Tara Isabella Burton

    "Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World," with Dr. Tara Isabella Burton

    While formal religious adherence has decreased in the modern age, spirituality has not. To answer why intuitions seem to be replacing institutions, Dr. Tara Isabella Burton joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss her new book, Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World. Listen in to hear how millennials and GenZers are finding their religions in fan-culture, occultism, wellness and self-care, social justice activism, and the alt-right.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Doddymatt ,

Brilliant, thoughtful and engaging.

Just the best. Do it. Near word cou

Luke Isham ,

Meaty, warm and interesting

Often four, sometimes three, with or without a guest, theologically minded hosts discuss theology and culture in a relaxed conversational setting. However the show eschews fluff and delves into theological meat without being pretentious.

HughPearson ,

Engaging and Thought-Provoking Podcast

I have listened to nearly every episode of this podcast and love hearing the thoughtful insights of Matt, Derek, Alistair and Andrew, along with their assorted guests. It provides a theological infusion into my week and helps me to think deeper about theology, life and the church. Mere Fidelity has helped me think deeper about how the good news of the gospel and the wider narrative of Christianity applies to all areas of life, definitely not a bunch of theologians in an ivory tower! I also love the rich expression of evangelicalism seen in the podcast, and the vibrant demonstration of the fact that the river is of evangelical thought runs much wider and deeper than sometimes seen in an American context (saying this as an Australian!). Thanks guys!

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