Mere Fidelity

Mere Fidelity

Mere Fidelity is a weekly podcast hosted by Mere Orthodoxy, tackling a wide range of theological, ethical, social, and biblical topics. Along with Derek Rishmawy, Andrew Wilson, and Matt Lee Anderson, I am one of the regular participants. You can follow the podcast on iTunes, on Soundcloud, or using this RSS feed.

Episodes 1-5

1. Capital Punishment and the Old Testament
2. Do Calvinists Worship Another God?
3. Is There Such a Thing as ‘Moral Orthodoxy’?
4. The Doctrine of Sanctification
5. The Trinity and the Bible (with Fred Sanders)

Episodes 6-10

6. Begotten or Made? Chapter 1: The End of Nature (with Matthew Loftus)
7. Surprised by N.T. Wright
8. Begotten or Made? Chapter 2: The Transgender Question
9. N.T. Wright and His Reformed Critics
10. Begotten or Made? Chapter 3: On Marriage and Donated Gametes

Episodes 11-15

11. On Divine Accommodation
12. What Adoption Is and Isn’t
13. What’s Wrong (and Right) with ‘Relatability’?
14. Begotten or Made? Chapter 4: And Who Is a Person?
15. Made for More, the Image of God, Women, and the Church (with Hannah Anderson)

Episodes 16-20

16. Begotten or Made? Chapter 5: Cultural Presuppositions and the Practices That Embody Them
17. The Benedict Option (with Jake Meador and Matthew Loftus)
18. On Friendship
19. Should We Hope to Die at 75?
20. On Multiple Denominations: Ask Us Anything, Part 1

Episodes 21-25

21. The Bible and Dr Peter Enns
22. Warning Passages and Theosis: Ask Us Anything, Part 2
23. Teens and Sexting
24. Atonement (with Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry and Adam Johnson)
25. Christmas

Episodes 26-30

26. The Skeletons in God’s Closet (with Joshua Ryan Butler)
27. Living Through the Church’s Exile
28. Our Culture of Public Shaming
29. Lament and the Church (with J. Todd Billings)
30. Can Christians Ever Support War? (with Preston Sprinkle)

Episodes 31-35

31. The Spirituality of Work (with Nancy Nordenson)
32. The Cross in the Gospels
33. The Resurrection and Ethics
34. Christendom and the Privilege of the Church
35. The Ethics of Abortion (with Charles Camosy)

Episodes 36-40

36. Free Range Parenting
37. Evangelical Blind Spots (with Collin Hansen)
38. On Women Preaching
39. Pentecost and the Prophetic Gift of the Spirit
40. Perichoresis

Episodes 41-45

41. Liturgical Formation and the Past
42. The Pastor Theologian (with Kevin Vanhoozer and Gerald Hiestand)
43. After Obergefell
44. Intersex (with Megan DeFranza)
45. Sermons

Episodes 46-50

46. Curiosity
47. Hermeneutics
48. The Refugee Crisis
49. Ryan Anderson (with Ryan Anderson)
50. Animals (with Karen Swallow Prior)

Episodes 51-55

51. Mere Fidelity Passes 50 Podcasts: Ask Us Anything
52. Big Questions
53. Manhood (with Nate Pyle)
54. Transfiguration
55. On Sacrifice

Episodes 56-60

56. The Life You Never Expected (with Rachel Wilson)
57. The Lord’s Prayer
58. John Barclay’s Paul & the Gift
59. The Christmas of History and the Christmas of Faith
60. End of the Year

Episodes 61-65

61. Hillsong
62. American Football (with Matt Milsap)
63. Weekly Worship
64. Have Evangelicals Become Too Obsessed With Politics?
65. Apophatic Theology (with David Wilmington)

Episodes 66-70

66. Martyrdom (with Sean McDowell)
67. What Is Appropriate In Worship?
68. Last Supper and Lord’s Supper
69. Spiritual Disciplines (with Preston Yancey)
70. Time

Episodes 71-75

71. Tribalism
72. Amoris Laetitia (with Pascal Emmanuel Gobry)
73. The Ascension
74. Pentecost and the Doctrine of the Church
75. Warnings and Assurance in 1 Corinthians

Episodes 76-80

76. Eternal Subordination (with Mark Jones)
77. The Pursuing God (with Joshua Ryan Butler)
78. Understanding the Meritocracy
79. Examining Populism
80. On Satire (with Karen Swallow Prior)

Episodes 81-85

81. The Olympics and Sport (with Michael Austin)
82. On Plagiarism (with Justin Taylor)
83. Alan Jacobs on Christian Intellectuals
84. The Righteous Mind
85. On Biblical Exegesis and Systematic Theology

Episodes 86-90

86. 1 Kings
87. The Four Loves, Part 1: Introduction and Liking and Loves for the Subhuman
88. On Disability (with Kelby Carlson)
89. The Four Loves, Part 2: Affection
90. The Election Episode (with John Stonestreet)

Episodes 91-95

91. The Four Loves, Part 3: Friendship
92. On Bible Design (with J. Mark Bertrand)
93. Richard Hooker (with Brad Littlejohn and Michael Lynch)
94. The Post-Election Show
95. The Four Loves, Part 4: Eros

Episodes 96-100

96. Tim Keller, Making Sense of God (with Tim Keller)
97. The Four Loves, Part 5: Charity
98. Incarnation Anyway?
99. Humble Roots (with Hannah Anderson)
100. The Hundredth Episode (Q&A)

Episodes 101-105

101. Silence (with Brett McCracken)
102. Reviving the Worship Wars
103. The Fractured Republic (with Yuval Levin)
104. On Lent (with Steven Wedgeworth)
105. A Bible Study on Genesis 1

Episodes 106-110

106. A Bible Study on Genesis 1 and 2 (part 2)
107. The Resurrection of Politics (with Jake Meador)
108. The Benedict Option (with Rod Dreher)
109. Orthodoxy and Sexual Ethics
110. The Value of Controversy

Episodes 111-115

111. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 1
112. Translating Genesis (with Samuel Bray and John Hobbins)
113. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 2
114. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 3
115. The Reformation (with Carl Trueman)

Episodes 116-120

116. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 4
117. Technology and Ethics (with Michael Sacasas)
118. James K.A. Smith’s Awaiting the King (with Davey Henreckson)
119. On Matt’s Prison BBQ Project
120. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 5

Episodes 121-125

121. The Virgin Birth
122. Equality
123. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 6
124. Echoes of Exodus
125. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 7

Episodes 126-130

126. The Value of Heaven (with J. Todd Billings)
127. To Change the Church (with Ross Douthat)
128. Theophanies (with Vern Poythress)
129. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 8
130. Take Heart (with Matt Chandler)

Episodes 131-135

131. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 9
132. Hospitality and Immigration (with Matthew Kaemingk)
133. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 10
134. Modern Atheism (with Joseph Minich)
135. The Weirdness of Matthew 27:51-54

Episodes 136-140

136. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 11
137. Trust and Trustworthiness in a Fallen World
138. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 12
139. Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age (with Alan Noble)
140. Augustine’s Confessions, Book 13

Episodes 141-145

141. Infertility (with Matthew Arbo)
142. Procreation—For and Against
143. Felix Culpa

For an up-to-date list of episodes, visit this page.

53 Responses to Mere Fidelity

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  3. Matt Holderness says:

    Hi Alastair – I have really loved listening to these discussions over the past few months. You have covered some really good topics so far and shared some fantastic insights – thank you. I have a particular question about one of these insights you shared in the podcast about Warning Passages. It was your interpretation of the beginning of chapter 6 where you stated that this warning was aimed at the nation of Israel and not pertaining to individual salvation. I have not heard that explanation before and I was wondering whether it was something that you had come up with yourself or if you had read somewhere. I am planning on writing my dissertation on the warning passages in Hebrews and this would be a great interpretation to bring into the argument but I would obviously need to reference it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Thanks, Matt!

      No, I didn’t come up with the reading myself, although I have developed it in various ways. Unfortunately, I don’t know who first came up with the reading. I heard it presented at a Reformed theological conference in Ireland well over a decade ago now that I attended with my father. I can’t remember the name of the person who presented it.

      That dissertation subject sounds fascinating! I’d love to hear more about it as your work develops.

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  32. sdorman2014 says:

    Have you considered a show on satire? Believers who are also agents, editors, and publishers are reluctant to consider satire.

    Terry Lindvall’s Surprised by Laughter, and his God Mocks (scholarly) history of satire, might be one starting place. If you might consider getting him on the show, especially if he ever makes these books more accessible to the layman. But listeners like to know what you think. Is there now a legitimate place for such satire? Is it dangerous — as the blurb for Lindvall’s book (on Amazon) has it? What would those dangers be?

    Another example is Alan Jacobs arguing that CS Lewis’s fictive gift isn’t so much the fantastic as it is satire. That is, his satire may be better than his storytelling. (According to Jacobs.) Is satire to be found in parables or sermons of the Lord Jesus?

    • Is this in reference to Scot McKnight’s recent post? Yes, that would be a very good topic.

      • sdorman2014 says:

        Hope it may happen.

        thanks for the link. i hadn’t seen it. i’m not thinking of internet satire targeting individuals, but the literary form. writers who produce satire may be interested in a discussion of the genre’s possibilities, not only for entertainment (which must be one of its qualities), but for showing culture and the human condition in fresh ways. Showing in ways that remove custom and cliché from our everyday reading and cultural encounters. Secular culture has no difficulty satirizing the culture of Western Christianity (neither do Christians themselves), but from a believer’s POV cultural impasse can be made fun (of) and seen in refreshing ways; the gospel can be refreshed for the jaded views of both cultures. Satire of the way we live, how we interact with God…. but I’m thinking formal … not personal attacks.

        (“Believers who are also agents, editors, and publishers are reluctant to consider satire” from clients or for their catalogues.)

      • sdorman2014 says:

        The discussion on MF was engaging. Thank you. I hope believers in the business end of publishing will begin discussing satire, whys and wherefores. Perhaps they feel it would be bad for business, or that satire gets enough www exposure and does not need formal vetting.

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  37. sdorman says:

    what is free will? is there an agreed definition? mere fidelity seems not to have done this topic yet? “on plagiarism” was interesting. thanks!

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