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Mere Fidelity: Christendom and the Privilege of the Church

April 13th, 2015 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

You commented:  we listened.  After a number of intelligent readers made remarks about the church in America losing its position of "privilege," we decided to talk about what that privilege is, what it (maybe!) should be, and whether "Christendom" as a concept is compatible with a plural society.

For reading, check out James K.A. Smith's recent article redeeming Christendom.  For the unadulterated version, see Oliver O'Donovan's Desiring the Nations. 

Help us improve the audio!  How fitting it is that we had some audio difficulties on the show where we announced a 'tip jar' to help us pay for some equipment!  This little podcast has kept going in a way that I don't think any of us quite expected, and we've stretched everyone's patience with poor recording quality well past the breaking point.  Our poor sound editor has worked magic, but he's had terrible quality to start with, and we need to improve it at the source.

So, if you like the show and want it to go on in an even more improved form, throw in a dollar or two at the gofundme campaign that we have set up.  You can see the details about what we'll spend the money on there, including the toppings list for the pizzas we hope to buy (that's a joke).  Thanks to all of you for your kind words of encouragement on the show and for all of your support.  If you can't give, but want to tell someone else about the show, that would be appreciated too.

And here's the closer.

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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.