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The Beatitudes

February 9th, 2021 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

With all four of the Mere Fidelity crew on mic, the theological insights fly fast and furious as they take up the discussion of the Beatitudes. Highlights of this episode include: What is a blessing? What are the two kinds of blessings in the Bible? Why the Beatitudes are different in Matthew and Luke? Do the Beatitudes replace the 10 Commandments? And which authors should you skip to listen to Mere Fidelity instead? The answer to that last one will not surprise you.

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The Beautiful Series That Mere Fi Craves [0:00]

Email Reviews Mere Fidelity & Augustine [1:25]

Taking Up the Beatitudes [3:39]

The Biblical Context of Blessing [4:50]

Two Kinds of Blessedness [13:10]

The Structure of the Blessings and Woes [18:11]

Should the Beatitudes be received as a new Law? [21:59]

The Equivalent of the Magnificat [35:32]

Join the Merrie Band! [39:37]


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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.