Matt claims that the Mere Fidelity team won’t read fiction with him (though they counter that this is merely due to lack of a suitable reading companion). Karen Swallow Prior joins the conversation to set the record straight about the value of fiction and literature, along the way clearing up misconceptions about moral formation, church community, and the values and dangers of empathy. Karen is the author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books, and the editor and annotater of B&H’s new editions of Frankenstein and Jane Eyre.
The Book of the Month is Baptism: A Guide to Life from Death by Peter J. Leithart. It is part of the Christian Essentials Series. Leithart reunifies a church divided by baptism. He recovers the baptismal imagination of the Bible, explaining how baptism works according to Scripture. Then, in conversation with Christian tradition, he shows why baptism is something worth recovering and worth agreeing on. For the month of March 2021, Mere Fidelity listeners will get a 40% discount on their purchase of this volume with the code MEREFIDELITYMAR21 at checkout.