All posts by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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‘Turning of Days,’ with Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson is captivated by Genesis chapters 1 and 2. Her writing comes from that deep wonder at God’s creation, and she approaches practical-theological issues in a poetic-devotional mode. This is a delightful conversation with the entire Mere Fidelity team....

/ March 2, 2021
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Beatitudes: “Poor in Spirit”

In the second part of the Mere Fidelity discussion of the Beatitudes, Matt, Alastair, and Derek tackle the first bombshell that Jesus drops: Blessed are the poor in spirit. There’s a strong urge in most of us to spiritualize the...

/ February 26, 2021
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‘Bavinck: A Critical Biography,’ with Dr. James Eglinton

Dr. James Eglinton from the University of Edinburgh joins us to discuss the great theologian Herman Bavinck. Dr. Eglinton just released Bavinck: A Critical Biography. The conversation ranges from a deep exploration of Bavinck’s polymathic tendencies to the very basics...

/ February 20, 2021
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The Beatitudes

With all four of the Mere Fidelity crew on mic, the theological insights fly fast and furious as they take up the discussion of the Beatitudes. Highlights of this episode include: What is a blessing? What are the two kinds...

/ February 9, 2021
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Vaccine Ethics, with Dr. C. Ben Mitchell

There are so many questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Are they safe? Are they ethical? Do they work?  In this episode, Matt, Derek, and Alastair ask the really burning questions really well, and the guest gives really good and insightful...

/ February 2, 2021
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We’ve Got to Talk About Vaccines, with Dr. Gilbert Meilaender

Bioethicist Dr. Gilbert Meilaender published a short article in the Hastings Report questioning whether bioethicists should be making expert pronouncements about public policy. But if we can’t turn to bioethicists for answers, where do we turn? Our local pastors? Dr....

/ January 26, 2021
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The Insurrection of January Sixth

For the first episode of 2021, Matt, Derek, and Alastair apply their expertise and experience to thinking theologically about the pro-Trump protest that turned into an attack on the U.S. Capitol. Is this the fruit of ejecting God from our...

/ January 19, 2021
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End of Year Pandemic Joy

As 2020 ends and 2021 begins, the entire cast and crew of Mere Fidelity has gathered to examine in their own inimitable way how this year has affected both the church at large and the individual Christian. Matt, Derek, Andrew,...

/ December 29, 2020
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Christmas Hymns

 Merry Christmas! For the Mere Fidelity Christmas show this year, Matt, Derek, and Alastair examine the theology embedded in three perennially favorite Christmas hymns. Scroll down on this post to read the rich lyrics while you listen. Mere Fidelity...

/ December 22, 2020
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“Divided We Fall,” with David French

Can you think of a single issue—political, cultural, religious, or anything—that is uniting Americans more than it is dividing them? David French joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss the nature, causes, and responses to our current extreme polarization. David...

/ December 15, 2020