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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.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 234 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.

    ‘Jordan Peterson, God, & Christianity,’ with Dr. Christopher Kaczor

    ‘Jordan Peterson, God, & Christianity,’ with Dr. Christopher Kaczor

    The Jordan Peterson phenomenon is worth looking into. Even Aquinas scholar Dr. Christopher Kaczor is writing about the effect that Jordan Peterson is having. Matt and Alastair join the discussion, bringing a particular emphasis to how Peterson reads Scripture and what Christians can learn from his approach.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    • 51 min
    ‘A Spacious Life,’ with Dr. Ashley Hales

    ‘A Spacious Life,’ with Dr. Ashley Hales

    With the ideas like technology, progress, and liberty shaping our lives, we are formed to believe that reality is tending toward an ever greater number of choices and ever fewer limits. But is this limitless ideal a good way to live? Dr. Ashley Hales has a different idea, which she explores in her new book, A Spacious Life: Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits. She returns to Mere Fidelity to discuss about how limits can actually increase our liberty and what this looks like for the modern Christian.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    • 45 min
    Bad Church Leadership

    Bad Church Leadership

    Many Christians and ex-Christians have experienced severe trauma because of bad, even abusive, church leadership. Using the story of Mark Driscoll as a basis for comparison, Matt, Andrew, and Alastair discuss the causes and outcomes of bad leadership. They compare and contrast the US and UK churches, look at the sociology of trust, and ask how to examine one’s own leadership to avoid becoming abusive.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    • 54 min
    ‘Wonderfully Made,’ with Dr. John Kleinig

    ‘Wonderfully Made,’ with Dr. John Kleinig

    Dr. John Kleinig joins Matt and Alastair to discuss a Biblical approach to a theology of the body. More specifically, they talk about how we can acquire the vision with which God sees our bodies. Some questions that they cover are how ritual trains the body, what the significance of the body is in Protestant theology, and why Jesus’s physical body is so emphasized in the Gospels. Dr. Kleinig’s latest book also focuses on these issues. (There’s also a particularly spectacular +1 that you can hear if you are one of the Merrie Band of Patreon supporters.)
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    • 48 min
    Healing the Schism, with Dr. Jennifer Rosner

    Healing the Schism, with Dr. Jennifer Rosner

    You may think that Christianity and Judaism have gone their separate ways; that they have nothing to do with each other. But this is not necessarily the case. On this episode, Dr. Jennifer Rosner, author of Healing the Schism: Karl Barth, Franz Rosenzweig, and the New Jewish-Christian Encounter, joins Matt and Alastair to talk about how Christianity and Judaism should relate to one another.
    Full show notes at www.MereFidelity.com.

    • 44 min
    ‘What’s Wrong with Rights?’ with Dr. Nigel Biggar

    ‘What’s Wrong with Rights?’ with Dr. Nigel Biggar

    Is the theory of natural rights really the best way to protect ourselves from tyrannical governments? This is the big question of Dr. Nigel Biggar’s book, What’s Wrong With Rights? Dr. Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology, and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, & Public Life, University of Oxford. Matt and Alastair push on this argument with Dr. Biggar to examine the relationship between morality and law. Fun connection: Dr. Biggar is Dr. Matt Anderson’s former Ph.D. advisor!
    Full show notes at merefidelity.com

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
234 Ratings

234 Ratings

Knapsack77 ,

Started with Cosper, kept going

I ended up on this podcast hearing good things about the context and background the interviews uncovered with Mike Cosper on the “Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” story — all true! — but found myself drawn into their other work. Hope to stay on top of this one.

WSWFU04 ,

Great for insightfully surveying contemporary theological and pastoral questions

Mere O is one of my favorite podcasts. I never miss an episode, and I’m grateful to each of the regulars for their insightful discussions.

Ultraman X 'Gon Give It To Ya ,

Great podcast.

I’ve had the privilege of “knowing” Derek for nearly a decade now. What a humble and charitable thinker, love that this podcast gives him (and the other hosts) an outlet to help and edify and challenge the church.

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