Category: Mere Fidelity

Mere Fidelity: What’s Wrong (and Right) with “Relatability”

To appreciate “King Lear”—or even “The Catcher in the Rye” or “The Fault in Our Stars”—only to the extent that the work functions as one’s mirror would make for a hopelessly reductive experience. But to reject any work because we...

/ August 13, 2014

Mere Fidelity: What Adoption Is and Isn’t

Today, the folks of Mere Fidelity tackle adoption. We’re drawing on the following text from Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made: Adoption is not procreation, and does not fulfil the procreative good of marriage. It is a charitable vocation indicated to childless copules...

/ August 6, 2014

Mere Fidelity: On Divine Accommodation

How does God accommodate himself to us? How do we know when he has accommodated himself to us, or when we are projecting ourselves back on him?  In this episode, we take up what has traditionally been called the doctrine...

/ July 23, 2014

Mere Fidelity: On Marriage and Donated Gametes

This week’s conversation continues through our reading of Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made? with a conversation about the ways in which the possibility of gamete-donation by third parties to married couples has reshaped our understanding of marriage and its goods. We take...

/ July 16, 2014

NT Wright and his Reformed Critics

This week’s show follows up on the conversation about NT Wright and locates him among his Reformed critics.  Who’s right, who’s wrong, and are there paths between that can learn from both? Various links from topics that came up during...

/ July 9, 2014

Mere Fidelity: The Transgender Question

This week’s conversation continues through our reading of Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made? with a discussion of the questions that have come to the fore in recent weeks about transgender people. We take the following excerpt from O’Donovan as our way in...

/ July 2, 2014

Mere Fidelity: Surprised by NT Wright

This week, we take up the subject of…N.T. Wright.  Widely regarded as one of the most influential and best New Testament theologians of our day, we consider how best to read him and his impact on Christianity in the English...

/ June 24, 2014

Mere Fidelity: The End of Nature?

This week, we take up the nature of “nature.” We take the opening chapter to Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made? as our starting point, particularly this passage: When every activity is understood as making, then every situation into which we act...

/ June 17, 2014

Mere Fidelity: The Trinity and the Bible, with Fred Sanders

Three things worth noting: First, we are joined this week by our first guest! Fred Sanders is doubtlessly known to many people on this blog, given my constant flogging of his work.  You can read my review of his excellent book...

/ June 10, 2014