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A Pottage of Nonsense with Dr Paula Boddington Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs

Church of England vicars Jamie Franklin and Daniel French are joined by Associate Professor of Healthcare at the University of West London Dr Paula Boddington to talk medical ethics in the context of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, particularly with reference to the recent comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Topics Covered0-48 Minutes: Jamie and Daniel- The Church's tendency to persecute itself.- The Church of England's near 50% decline over the last 30 years.- The turning of public opinion against lockdowns and the Church's failure to issue a prophetic voice in this context.- Signs of Christian revival in the West and why the Church must learn from it. – The relevance of the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon.Our Scripture this week is taken from Revelation 2:8-11: the letter to the Church in Smyrna.48 Minutes Onwards: Jamie, Daniel and Dr Paula Boddington- Divisions in society and the unethical weaponisation of rhetoric.- A holistic definition of health and the reductive definition that has replaced it.- The ethics of lockdowns and associated harms such as death from loneliness.- The importance of honest dialogue and of treating people respectfully as individuals.- The centrality to medical ethics of informed consent.- The comments of the Archbishop of Canterbury encouraging universal vaccination and how the notion of "loving your neighbour" functions in this context.- The complexity of decision making in the context of medical and health concerns. – Dr Steve James and the NHS vaccine mandates.- Coercive techniques and a return to paternalistic approaches to medicine.- Concerns about the unethical practices of the pharmaceutical industry.- The role of trust in conversations about public health.Links:Church of England attendance halves over the last 30 yearsThe Pope says vaccines are a moral obligationNotices:Thanks to our Patreons! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: https://patreon.com/irreverendJamie's Good Things Substack blog/newsletter: https://jamiefranklin.substack.comIrreverend Weekly Sermon Audio: https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/IrreverendPodTelegram: https://t.me/irreverendpodEmail: irreverendpod@gmail.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMAcRZPstCujEN4p8dF_ClQOdysee: https://odysee.com/@irreverend:5Audio Podcast: https://irreverend.buzzsprout.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/irreverend)
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