There are so many questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Are they safe? Are they ethical? Do they work?  In this episode, Matt, Derek, and Alastair ask the really burning questions really well, and the guest gives really good and insightful answers. Dr. C. Ben Mitchell was a long-time professor at Union University and is now a fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.

Scroll down for the articles mentioned on the show.


Dr. C. Ben Mitchell [1:13]

Dr. Mitchell’s Theological Tour of the COVID-19 Vaccines  [2:15]

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe? [3:12]

Weighing the Short/Long-term Risks of Vaccinations Against the Short/Long-term Risks of Contracting COVID-19 [10:16]

How do the specific vaccines in question actually work? [16:32]

Examining Our Own Intuitions [21:08]

But aren’t our fates in God’s hands anyway? [26:48]

New York Magazine Article Regarding Human Origin of COVID-19 [34:45]

The Origin of the Vaccines in Relation to Fetal Tissue [36:53]

The Relationship of Medicine and the State [44:21]

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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.

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