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From the Mere Orthodoxy Podcast Network: thoughtful weekly conversations about theology, the culture, and the church, hosted by Matthew Lee Anderson, Derek Rishmawy, Alastair Roberts, and Andrew Wilson.

Mere Fidelity Mere Fidelity

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 21 Ratings

From the Mere Orthodoxy Podcast Network: thoughtful weekly conversations about theology, the culture, and the church, hosted by Matthew Lee Anderson, Derek Rishmawy, Alastair Roberts, and Andrew Wilson.

    How Should We Then Die? with Ewan Goligher

    How Should We Then Die? with Ewan Goligher

    Ewan Goligher has written a book making a clear and strong argument against euthanasia and for the intrinsic value of human life. He joins Matt and Alastair to discuss many fine points of this complex and knotty issue, including the history of the legality of euthanasia in Canada, the ethical implications of suicide, the good of death, and the intrinsic value of a human’s existence.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.
    Timestamps:
    Keep Us Going [0:00]
    A Sudden Change in Canada [1:48]
    A Reaction from the Church [6:48]
    Autonomy of Physicians [9:56]
    Whose Prima Facie? [14:34]
    Intrinsic Value [18:42]
    Suicide qua Suicide [21:06]
    Existence [27:47]
    Death as a Witness [32:28]
    Death as a Mercy [35:44]
    Creatures in Time [44:51]

    • 53 min
    Christian Politics with Oliver O’Donovan

    Christian Politics with Oliver O’Donovan

    Professor Oliver O’Donovan joins Matt and Derek once more. This time they discuss the relationship of Christian belief and practice to the contemporary political realities of our world. Do we need a new constitution? What’s to be done about the current wars? How can we properly utilize passion and reason in elections?
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.
    Timestamps:
    The O’Donovan Inception [0:00]
    The Role of Scripture in Political Judgment [2:46]
    How do we read Genesis? [7:31]
    Carl Schmitt: Friend-Enemy Polarity [10:26]
    Augustine: Objects of Common Love [16:24]
    Rene Girard: Rivalry [21:42]
    Pro- and Post-Liberalism [24:45]
    New Beginnings [31:18]
    The Role of Reason in Politics [36:22]
    Remember the Rest of the World [40:31]

    • 49 min
    Christian Ethics with Oliver O’Donovan

    Christian Ethics with Oliver O’Donovan

    The renowned Professor Oliver O’Donovan joins Matt and Alastair to discuss the relationship between the practice of the Christian faith and the philosophical field of ethics.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.
    Timestamps:
    A Warm Welcome [0:00]
    How can ethics be Christian? [1:44]
    Creation vs. Nature [5:27]
    Family Duty [11:28]
    Jewish Tradition [19:10]
    Novelty [23:19]
    Variety [27:52]
    The Closure of the Canon [34:37]
    Moral Formation [38:55]

    • 46 min
    Casuistry

    Casuistry

    Casuistry is a technical term for a way of reasoning about ethical principles in specific situations. It fell into disuse historically in favor of a more narrative-based view of the world. But some of the Mere Fidelity cast are sensing that there is a felt lack of organized principle application to pastoral situations in the church. Do you agree that casuistry needs to make a comeback?
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    Timestamps:
    The Kazooists North American Tour 2024 [0:00]
    What is casuistry? [2:53]
    History, Both Catholic and Protestant [5:30]
    Conflicting Principles [7:46]
    Proper Context, Lacking Confession [13:58]
    Practical Application of Practical Application [20:40]
    Narrative & Principle United [22:08]
    Moral Reasoning in Paul’s Epistles [28:44]
    Legalism [30:38]
    First Steps for Pastors [37:05]

    • 50 min
    The Deception of Isaac

    The Deception of Isaac

    Taking up a difficult passage of Scripture, Alastair, Andrew, and Matt consider the incident in which Jacob deceives Isaac into giving him the blessing. Multiple respected theologians bring solid principles to bear on the interpretation of this reading, and come to very different conclusions. What is to be done? Is lying always and everywhere wrong? Was Jacob justified in his ruse? And in the process Alastair reveals some striking parallels between this story and that of King David.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    Timestamps:
    Tempus Fugit [0:00]
    Misreading the Preposition [2:12]
    The Setup [3:34]
    The Dispute [7:16]
    The Anderson School [14:43]
    Davidic Parallels [23:38]
    Urgency in Lying [30:09]
    “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” [36:19]
    Rogues Gallery or Rogues Mirror? [38:35]

    • 46 min
    Thinking For Yourself

    Thinking For Yourself

    When dealing with delicate, nuanced, disputed, or important issues, should Christians primarily rely on their own judgment or the authority of church leaders in their lives? Derek, Alastair, and Matt bring their own experience to bear, as well as a reliance on Scripture and authority, to answer this listener-submitted question.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.
    Timestamps:
    Hot Deal [0:00]
    A Better Question Than It Sounds [2:21]
    Be Like Alastair [4:14]
    Clarification of Roles [8:55]
    Avoiding Individualism [13:30]
    Submission to Commands [22:24]
    Casuistry [26:18]
    Rebellion [30:18]
    Confessions [35:52]

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

mr. flapper ,

One of the best

Consistently one of my favourite podcasts. Always thoughtful, with great dynamics between the hosts.

AndrewNoble14 ,

Solid interviews and orthodox perspectives

Like a good sitcom, this podcast has a good sense of characters. You have Alastair, the Biblical Theologian & sage. Derek, the youthful campus minister who is completing his Ph.D. Matt, the frenetic host who always finds a way to direct the conversation toward ethics (his specialty). And Andrew, the faithful UK pastor who is just trying to be faithful in his callings (and thus misses many episode recordings). But it’s not just the characters. It’s the wide range of topics, the clarity and precision, and the acceptance of difference on secondary matters. It’s awesome!

MoonGirl738 ,

Thoughtful Theological Conversation

I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Mere Fidelity podcast. While I listen to many Christian podcasts, MF approaches their topics from a more academic perspective. I have especially enjoyed their recent episodes on Augustine’s Confessions. If you’re looking for intellectually stimulating theological discussion, I highly recommend Mere Fidelity.

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