The Reformation as Renewal, with Dr. Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett joins the usual Mere Fidelity cast to attempt a retrieval of the Reformers as... catholic?

Was the Reformation really as much a break with what came before it as we are often led to believe? Dr. Matthew Barrett says the Reformers themselves thought not. In his substantial new book, he shows how strongly the Reformers sought to establish their connection with the catholic and universal church. Alastair, Derek, and Matt join Dr. Barrett for a lively and fruitful discussion on this episode of Mere Fidelity.

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Dr. Matthew Barrett

The Reformation as Renewal: Retrieving the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, Matthew Barrett [affiliate link]

In The Biblical Trinity: Encountering the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Scripture, Brandon D. Smith proclaims the Trinity from the Bible. The doctrine arises not from a handful of prooftexts but from the fullness of what the Bible says about God. Through short reflections on fifteen key New Testament passages in conversation with the Old Testament, Smith shows how God’s word reveals the Trinity. For the months of July and August 2023, Mere Fidelity listeners can get 40% off this title from Lexham Press at


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