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.


Recovering our Confidence: Four Theses on Social Conservatism (#4)

Note from Jake: This is the final post in Matt’s social conservatism series published in 2012 which we are re-publishing this week. Post 1, Post 2, Post 3 One of my underlying themes through this week has been the current...

/ July 29, 2016

Recover Intellectual Creativity: Four Theses on Social Conservatism (#3)

Note from Jake: This is part three of Matt’s series on social conservatism from the fall of 2012 which we are re-publishing this week. Part 1, Part 2 Let’s start today with a detour through David Brooks’ column from this...

/ July 28, 2016

End the Hostilities Against Elites: Four Theses on Social Conservatism (#2)

Note from Jake: We are re-publishing Matt’s old series from the fall of 2012 on social conservatism: Part 1 Thesis: For social conservatism to thrive, it needs to end its hostility toward elite institutions that are currently opposed to it....

/ July 27, 2016

Mere Fidelity: Examining Populism

This week, Matt returns to the show and foists his questions about our current populist movements upon his reluctant dialogue partners Andrew and Alastair. Hilarity ensues. If you enjoyed the show, leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t...

/ July 27, 2016

To Sow or to Reap: Four Theses on Social Conservatism (#1)

Note from Jake: This series was first published four years ago by Matthew Lee Anderson in the months leading up to the 2012 election. I had tentative plans to do a similar series this year, particularly after Michelle Obama’s opening-night...

/ July 26, 2016

Mere Fidelity: Understanding the Meritocracy

This week, Derek, Alastair and Andrew consider Helen Andrews’s essay on our meritocracy. Andrews is one of the liveliest and most compelling young writers of our day, and her essay is a fascinating analysis of how our aristocracy has shifted. You can...

/ July 19, 2016

There is no Pro-Life Case for Donald Trump

We are now in the 12th hour of the conservatism’s life in this election cycle, which means it is as good a time as any to revisit the question of how I plan to proceed through American political life over...

/ July 12, 2016

The Evangelical Capitulation: Prayer Documents from their Meeting with Trump

Today, over 1,000 members of the Religious Right met with Donald Trump. It was pitched as a ‘conversation’; it was very clearly a campaign rally for the Republican nominee. Over 1,000 members were invited: I was not among them.

/ June 21, 2016

The New Evangelical Scandal Republished

Note from Jake Meador: In early 2009 after the election of Barack Obama, Matthew Lee Anderson published his “New Evangelical Scandal” essay in Houston Baptist University’s journal The City. The essay is no longer available online, so we are making it available...

/ May 20, 2016

Evangelicalism After Trump: The Moral Bankruptcy of the GOP

I am putting together a series of posts about evangelicalism after Trump with a particular focus on our political future after the nomination of Donald Trump by the Republican party. This first post in the series is from Mere O...

/ May 4, 2016