Response to Douglas Farrow on Vaccine Mandates

In the latest Theopolis Conversion we are discussing how Christians should respond to vaccine mandates and other such policies. Douglas Farrow kicked off the Conversation with his essay. Mine is the first response, which you can read here. Make sure to follow the whole discussion: there are several more responses to come!

It is entirely possible to take COVID seriously without being driven by irrational fear or elevating it to the level of a god (and, on the other hand, quite possible to treat opposition to COVID measures as a shibboleth that divides Christ’s church). Even as we challenge measures that we deem excessive, it shouldn’t be at all difficult to put a charitable construction upon many of our governments’ policies. Nor should it be difficult to have measured responses, even as we oppose excessive or unlawful measures, to honour authorities and to submit to their laws as far as conscience allows. Indeed, on those extraordinary occasions when we are conscience-bound to resist otherwise lawful authorities, it is imperative that we seek to honour and uphold their authority in our manner of resistance. Where we fail to pay close regard to the threat of anarchy or of delegitimating authority in our manner of resistance to its excesses, we are falling dangerously short of a truly Christian political ethic.

Read my whole piece here.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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1 Response to Response to Douglas Farrow on Vaccine Mandates

  1. Luke Post says:

    Dr. Roberts, I’m sorry to hijack this blog with a personal request but I’ve been searching the internet for your email address and cannot find one. Several years back, I made note of your forthcoming book dealing with men’s and women’s roles (Heirs Together). I was watching your blog exchange with Scot McKnight and was impressed with your understanding and depth. Now, I see that your book is either no longer available, or perhaps never came to fruition. I was wondering if you might tell me where I could get a copy of it, if that’s even a possibility. Thanks in advance.

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