Along with my son Tim Wyatt, a religion and social affairs journalist, I run a podcast called Matters of Life and Death. Each episode is a conversation between the two of us discussing how Christians can engage with a particular issue around healthcare, ethics, technology, science or faith. You can subscribe to the podcast on all podcast apps, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, or you can listen to our latest episodes below.

Coronavirus – the Omicron variant, mandatory vaccination, pandemic solidarity, and memories of authoritarianism Matters of Life and Death

The Omicron variant has in a few short weeks almost taken over the pandemic. This highly transmissible version of covid is raising afresh complicated ethical questions about vaccine distribution and international solidarity between nations. How can we ascertain what is the common good during global crises affecting different countries in different ways? Does Christianity lend any intellectual backing to those who demand the state refrain from telling them how to live during a pandemic? And how might the differing legacies of authoritarian regimes in Europe and the dissenting pilgrims who founded America be playing a part in contemporary vaccine politics?Note: This episode was recorded earlier in December so sadly the wildly explosive growth of Omicron since has meant some of the data and news we mention in passing is now quite out of date!Also, at the end we have a special announcement about the future of Matters of Life and Death. Thanks for listening, and see you all in 2020. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Coronavirus – the Omicron variant, mandatory vaccination, pandemic solidarity, and memories of authoritarianism
  2. Reproductive technologies: the 'Google baby', Oliver O'Donovan, 14-day-old embryos, and techno-optimism
  3. Infertility and IVF: Hidden wounds, premature quintuplets, embryo donation and the procreative-unitive bond
  4. Assisted dying: The Meacher Bill, radicals in the Lords, Canada's slippery slope and fragile conscience protections
  5. Abusive leadership: Mark Driscoll, the hermeneutic of suspicion, Sigmund Freud's chaise longue, and Paul-Timothy relationships

If you have enjoyed listening to Matters of Life and Death, please share it with your friends and family and leave a review in your podcast app. We have begun by discussing different aspects of the coronavirus pandemic, but over time we hope to gradually cover a wide range of topics including assisted suicide, the rise of artificial intelligence and much more. We are also very interested in hearing questions or comments from listeners, so if you have any thoughts or would like to suggest a topic for us to cover, please email mattersoflifeanddeathpodcast@gmail.com.





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