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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Timestamps:

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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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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