We’ve Got to Talk About Vaccines, with Dr. Gilbert Meilaender

Dr. Gilbert Meilaender joins the show to discuss bioethics, expertise and authority, and the COVID-19 vaccines.

Bioethicist Dr. Gilbert Meilaender published a short article in the Hastings Report questioning whether bioethicists should be making expert pronouncements about public policy. But if we can’t turn to bioethicists for answers, where do we turn? Our local pastors? Dr. Meilaender helps Matt, Alastair, and Derek think through the hard questions about masks, vaccines, and church. You will be interested to hear where they end up.

The Book of the Month is Evil and Creation: Historical and Constructive Essays in Christian Dogmatics, edited by David J. Luy, Matthew Levering, and George Kalantzis. This volume collects essays investigating how the doctrine of creation relates to moral and physical evil. For the month of January 2021, Mere Fidelity listeners will get a 40% discount on their purchase of this volume with the code MEREFIDELITYJAN21 at checkout.


The Dean of Lutheran Ethics
What can bioethics contribute to the conversation about masks & vaccines?
To Whom Then Shall We Go?
Rule by Experts
The Virtues Needed to Persuade
Do churches have the authority to require masks or vaccines?
A Potential Plan for Returning to Normal Worship Services
The Moment When It All Went Wrong
Rawlsian Minimalist Liberalism?
UK Cult of Experts vs. US Distrust of Experts
How much should pastors be asked to do?
Vaccine selfies (wait for it…)

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