I am going to be blogging through Oliver O’Donovan’s Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics next week. If anyone wishes to buy a copy and read through it while I post, let me know in the comments.

Even if you aren’t going to read it, I hope you’ll read through the series. I have written extensive precis of every chapter, which I hope you will interact with regardless.

Why Resurrection and Moral Order? Several reasons:

1) It was a challenging book to understand, but an enormously rewarding book. Many of his thoughts are lurking in my mind these days and so I figure it will give all of you a chance to see someone whose influence I am currently under.

2) The challenges of the modern world are such that Christians must have a well-formed ethic. Whether politics, technology, or in our normal lives, Resurrection and Moral Order can help form that comprehensive ethical system.

3) It takes a stab at solving some of the issues we’ve talked a lot about here at Mere-O, namely the relationship between reason and God’s will. If you want to read a really smart attempt at reconciling God’s omnipotent will with the rationality of the world, this book is a great start.
Do let me know in the comments asap if you’re going to buy the book and read it. Otherwise, I’ll start posting chapter precis later this week.

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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.


  1. I’m unable to read along unfortunately but I look forward to this series, both for Prof. O’Donovan’s ideas and your thoughts on them. Did you get a chance to meet him during your year in Oxford?


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