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The Insurrection of January Sixth

January 19th, 2021 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

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 public life? Is it possible to seek power in good faith? How should the church shepherd their congregations in this chaos?

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Mere Fidelity Book of the Month [0:00 – 2:03]

What Happened on January 6 [2:03 – 13:17]

Whataboutism and the Unequal Treatment of Violence [13:17 – 25:54]

The Secularity of Politics [25:54 – 30:39]

The Entanglement of Morality & Power [30:39 – 44:03]

How should the church respond to the chaos? [44:03 – 51:10]


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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.