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Beatitudes: “Peacemakers”

June 29th, 2021 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

Everyone has a Beatitude that is their least favorite or that they are most confused by. We’re not saying Matt has an issue with peacemaking. (We’re just sayin’.) This episode in the Mere Fi series on the Beatitudes features a lively discussion of the role of peace and conflict in the life of the church and the Christian. Alastair, Derek, and Matt also talk about the profound ways that Christ is our peace.

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Last Chance for Book of The Month [0:00]

Peacemaking at the Q&A [0:54]

Least Favorite Beatitude? [2:06]

Are we called to be hippies? [2:55]

Peace and Conflict [3:56]

Origins of Discord [7:44]

Speech and Song and Harmony | Rene Girard [11:16]

How difficult it is to imagine peace. | Charles Williams [15:28]

Sons of God means Family. [23:02]

Spiritual Warfare and False Peaces | Oliver O’Donovan [30:44]

Culture Wars [35:40]

Dona Nobis Pacem [46:56]


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Follow DerekAndrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized brilliance. Thanks to Timothy Crouch for keeping us organized. Thanks to Tim Motte for sound editing. And thanks to The Joy Eternal for lending us their music, which everybody should download out of gratitude for their kindness.

Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.