But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Mere Orthodoxy - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:00

Book Review: Confident Pluralism by John Inazu

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John Inazu’s book Confident Pluralism is a helpful text that provides readers with both a legal explanation of how a pluralistic society would function politically and a clear statement about the sort of character needed to make a pluralistic society work. It is no surprise, then, that the...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 19:00

Three Notes on Women Professors and Seminary

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John Piper caused a bit of a kerfuffle on Christian Twitter the other day with a podcast episode in which he said that only men should teach at seminaries. Though much of the discussion that followed was both boring and predictable, the question raises a number of interesting points, many of which...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 21:00

Debating the Actual Crisis of Liberalism

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Now that the dust has settled a bit on the Mortara debate prompted by Fr. Cessario at First Things, I want to ask a more general question about the state of play between the more radical anti-liberals in the religious conservative world and the more traditional conservatives—the young...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:28

Mere Fidelity: Equality

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And we are off and running! In our first show of the year, Derek, Alastair and Matt consider its theological dimensions and social uses of ‘equality.’ G

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Last week First Things, as the colloquialism earthily says, stepped in it.

The occasion for this unpleasantness was the publication of an essay by Romanus Cessario, O.P., arguing that the church was within its rights when Pope Pius IX abducted Edgardo Mortara, a Jewish child who had been...

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Growing in wisdom involves growing in the discernment of who is wise, and who only parodies wisdom. While there are many ways to parody wisdom, two stand out in the age of the internet. At first glance they might seem to be opposites, but (on closer inspection) they reveal themselves to be...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 19:00

If Anything Is Pro-Life, Nothing Is

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“This is a pro-life issue.”

By now you have probably heard this sentiment expressed about any number of issues that are not immediately related to abortion.Food stamps,taxes,healthcare—evenimmigration!—are designated as “pro-life” causes because they may in...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 19:00

The Problems Two Kingdoms Don’t Solve

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By Simon Kennedy and Ben Saunders

The church in the West is facing a significant cultural crisis. Aggressive secularisation and rapidly declining religious influence combine to bring a sense of despair in the Christian’s relationship with society. In the United States, where the great liberal...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 01:08

Mere Fidelity: The Virgin Birth

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In their final episode of the year, the whole cast considers the theological significance of the Virgin Birth. Thanks to all of you who have listened, commented, and contributed to the show this year. We are very grateful for your support.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 19:00

The 2017 Eliot Awards

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For the longest time one of my favorite year-end rituals has been combing through David Brooks’s Sydney Award winners for the year to find which ones I’d missed and to re-read favorites from earlier in the year.

That said, the various folks who contribute to our project here read quite a...

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William T. Cavanaugh and Jamie K. A. Smith, eds.:Evolution and the Fall, Eerdmans, 2017.

The questions the church confronts most severely at present are questions of human nature, and what to call good and what to reject as broken and fallen in our present state. Without a clear understanding of...

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By Brad Vermurlen

Around this time each year, many of the pastors and seminary professors I’m connected to on social media post their top ten books of the year. Inevitably, most of the books they select are religiously committed books about some aspect of theology or ministry or the Christian...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:00

Quiz: Are you an evangelical?

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Matthew Loftus, Susannah Black, Matthew Lee Anderson, Jon Askonas, and Christian Young assisted with the drafting of the questions. Also, thanks to Alan Noble for mentioning this idea on Twitter!

Are you an evangelical?

In the Trump era there is no lack of uncertainty about the true definition of an...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 19:00

A Consequentialist Theory of Voting

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By Stephen Wolfe

The Trump and Moore political campaigns raise an important question for Christians: does one endorse the moral life of the candidate he votes for? Surprisingly, there seems to be consensus on this, regardless of one’s willingness to vote for Trump or Moore. A vote in some way...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:00

The Principled Pro-Life Vote

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One brief note on last night’s result in Alabama: In last year’s senate race won by Richard Shelby, there were 3,631 write-in votes. At time of writing with 98% reporting, there are 22,019 write-in votes in the run-off election.

That differential—roughly 19,000 votes—is stark...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:04

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book V

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Matt, Alastair and Derek consider Augustine’s movement from Carthage to Milan in Book 5 of *Confessions.*

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Monday, 11 December 2017 03:19

Reading the Hymns: Joy to the World

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By Steven Wedgeworth

Though it is today one of the most popular Christmas hymns, “Joy to the World,” was not originally a Christmas carol at all. Written by Isaac Watts, “Joy to the World” originally appeared in his 1719 The Psalms of David, and it was Watts’s...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:00

The Offense of the Gospel and the Offense of Roy Moore

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By Douglas Webster

Christians in the state of Alabama are experiencing a painful identity crisis. Roy Moore impresses many around the country as an ideological warrior for a brand of conservative Christianity that has little to do with Jesus Christ and the New Testament. Never mind about the Sermon...

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By Jeremiah Webster and Zach Boyd

Lamenting modern cinema is easy. Optimus Prime neverreally dies. Second rate superheroes, revived against their will, become a name. CGI bristles, indulges in the excess of “because we can, that’s why.” Nothing explodes like it used to. Into this...

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Matt recently announced that he is organizing a BBQ for families of inmates at his local prison. The cast and crew very graciously allow him to take over the conversation this week to talk about the events origins, its rationale, and how Matt is thinking about activism in its relationship to...

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Joseph Minich also assisted with the writing of this response.

As editors ofPeople of the Promise: A Mere Protestant Eccleisology, we were honored by Samuel D. James’review of our co-writers’ primer inChristianity Today. And while James tone and review is largely positive, he did...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:56

The Rot on the Right: Answering McAllister on Roy Moore

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Earlier this week D. C. McAllister ran a piece at The Federalist that is attempting to defend Alabama senate candidate and alleged pedophile Roy Moore without actually saying “hey guys, I’m defending Roy Moore.”

McAllister’s argument is that while character matters in...

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Professor James K.A. Smith has recently published the last of his ‘Cultural Liturgies’ trilogy, Awaiting the King. David Henreckson is an assistant professor of theology at Dordt College, and also serves as director of the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service.&nb...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 19:00

Mary Did You Know? A Mere O Symposium

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By Christian Young, Susannah Black, Jon Coppage, and Jon Askonas

Today we will be discussing a much loved, but also much hated, Christmas song, “Mary, Did You Know?”

Christian Young: I’ve taken the liberty of kicking off the discussion with a line by line proposal of what Mary...

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Michael Sacasas is one of the most thoughtful critics of the relationship between ethics and technology writing on the internet today. He is the Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics and Technology, and writes at The Frailest Thing. He joined Matt and Alastair to talk about how, if at all,...

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