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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
    • 4.7 • 312 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.

    Summer Reading

    Summer Reading

    What makes good summer reading? If anyone would know, it’s the Mere Fi bookworms. This isn’t a book recommendation episode. Matt, Andrew, and Alastair ask the questions to figure out what actually drives each of them to read the books they do, and why they are so different.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    Timestamps:
    The Glue Guy [0:00]
    A Lack of Resonance [1:41]
    Finding Resonance [7:28]
    Malaise & Wonder [10:54]
    Read Your Greens [16:35]
    To Each His Own [18:34]
    The Questions that Animate You [23:06]
    Sexy Thinker Books [27:25]
    First-Order Encounters with the Text [32:55]
    Be Selective [37:10]
    Think Lewisly [42:34]

    • 48 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
312 Ratings

312 Ratings

KSmith1010 ,

153

The Divine Council Worldview Pod also did the numerology on 153 this week!

Lucas112358 ,

Engaging, informative, and humorous!

Great way to keep up with what’s going on in American Christianity! The hosts have great personalities, and quality guest speakers!

RachelAngelia ,

Most Engaging Podcast

I really enjoy this podcast. I love both the depth and lightheartedness with which they address theological and cultural questions, and they consistently choose such worthwhile questions to discuss and authors to host. I invariably come away having learned a lot and been highly entertained while doing it. I especially love that they give air time to genuine disagreements, among themselves or between themselves and their guests in a very cordial yet sharpened and purposeful way. This is a skill nearly everyone could probably get better at in our current culture. In addition, I love that they honor the contributions of thoughtful feminine authors on culture and theology. I can happily listen to more episodes of this podcast consecutively than any other show.

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