Well, here’s this thing. 

The book is officially shipping from Amazon and other retailers and being automagically delivered to Kindle and Nook devices.  People are taking it up and reviewing it on Goodreads and elsewhere.  For instance, Paul Putz compares me to “Mos Def,” an allusion that is strange to me.  Perhaps this “Mos Def” is an obscure Islamic writer from the 15th century, or perhaps an obscure Polynesian poet.  Who can know? (All that, dear friends, is a joke.)

But there is fun to be had even by those who are not quite yet convinced to take up and read the entire book.  The good folks at Moody have made two different excerpts of the book available.  The first you have to get by downloading Orthodoxy, while the second is available as a PDF at their website. They will give you a taste of things, which I hope is not counterproductive to sales.

And then there is the above, of course, which I will let speak for itself—and so be done.

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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. It sounds like this will be a great book. I look forward to it. I have to confess, though, having only ever seen your picture, I assumed you were a Midwestern boy–but your accent betrays a different story. I appreciate all of your great work.


    1. Thanks, Jason! And I protest your suggestion that I have an accent! I consider myself, like all good Northwesterners, to be properly “accent-free.” It’s everyone else who’s speech is affected. : )



      1. You are a good Northwesterner. :-) Looking forward to getting my copy of the book in the mail.


  2. Anderson will save us all!


  3. Christopher Benson July 2, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Paul Putz: “Anderson’s engagement with historical and/or philosophical movements and ideas is (by necessity) left wanting. As one example, Anderson utilizes the all-too familiar trope of raising the specter of the hipster in order to dismiss postmodernism. According to Anderson, popular postmodernism is nothing more than ‘modern skepticism with hipster glasses.’ The reader is left with a humorous image and a chuckle, but few details about what exactly Anderson really means.”

    [Smiling] Why am I not surprised by this broadside against postmodernism? To give Mr. Anderson the benefit of the doubt, he may be contrasting popular postmodernism (wine in a box) from academic postmodernism (wine in a bottle). Thank God for the serious Christian thinkers like Jamie Smith, Bruce Benson, Merold Westphal, Carl Rashke, Daniel Bell, and Graham Ward who are asking important questions in the Baker Academic series, “The Church and Postmodern Culture,” questions such as: “What does postmodern theory have to say about the shape of the church? How should concrete, in-the-pew and on-the-ground religious practices be impacted by postmodernism? What should the church look like in postmodernity? What has Paris to do with Jerusalem?”


  4. Oh, man, you’re making me jealous. Nobody’s gonna make a sexy trailer for a book of analytic philosophy even if I ever finish it.

    That’s a nice little clip. It feels more you and less Rob Bell spinoff.


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