Known By God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity (Biblical Theology For Life Series)
What defines you? What makes you, you? Brian Rosner argues that rather than knowing ourselves, being known by God is the key to personal identity. He explores three biblical angles on the question: being made in the image of God,...
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What defines you? What makes you, you? Brian Rosner argues that rather than knowing ourselves, being known by God is the key to personal identity. He explores three biblical angles on the question: being made in the image of God, being known by God, and being in Christ.
Who are you? What defines you? What makes you, you?
In the past an individual's identity was more predictable than it is today. Life's big questions were basically settled before you were born: where you'd live, what you'd do, the type of person you'd marry, your basic beliefs, and so on. Today personal identity is a do-it-yourself project. Constructing a stable and satisfying sense of self is hard amidst relationship breakdowns, the pace of modern life, the rise of social media, multiple careers, social mobility, and so on. Ours is a day of identity angst.
Known by God is built on the observation that humans are inherently social beings; we know who we are in relation to others and by being known by them. If one of the universal desires of the self is to be known by others, being known by God as his children meets our deepest and lifelong need for recognition and gives us a secure identity. Rosner argues that rather than knowing ourselves, being known by God is the key to personal identity.
He explores three biblical angles on the question of personal identity: being made in the image of God, being known by God and being in Christ. The notion of sonship is at the center - God gives us our identity as a parent who knows his child. Being known by him as his child gives our fleeting lives significance, provokes in us needed humility, supplies cheering comfort when things go wrong, and offers clear moral direction for living.
Brian S. Rosner (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Australia. Previously he was senior lecturer in New Testament and ethics at Moore Theological College.
He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Paul, Scripture and Ethics: A Study of 1 Corinthians 5-7. ( Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums 22. E.J. Brill, 1994.); How to get really Rich: A Sharp Look at the Religion of Greed. (Leicester: IVP, 1999.);Beyond Greed. (Matthias Press, 2004.); Greed is Idolatry: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor (Eerdmans, 2006), and 1 Corinthians (Pillar New Testament Commentary) with Roy Ciampa.
Most recently he has edited The Consolations of Theology and Exploring Exodus: Literary, theological and contemporary approaches
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- :section One: Queuing The Questionsi.personal Questionsii.postmodernism – Authenticity, Mobility, Etc Iii.unsatisfying Answers – Career, Relationships, Possessions, Finding Yourself, Etcsection Two: Arriving At Answers1.anthropological Terms – Spirit, Soul, Mind, Inner Person, Old And New Humanity, Etc2.known By God – Jewish Background, Terminology, Relationship To Image Of God, Adoption, Etc3.kindred Ideas – The Book Of God, Naming And Not Naming, Remembered By God, Seen By God, Etc4.memory – Passover, Lord’s Supper, Collective Memory In Forming Identity, Etc5.destiny – My Life Is Hidden With Christ In God, The Time Is Short, Etc6.christology – Christ Is Known By God At His Baptism, Transfiguration, In The Fg, Etc7.the Cross – As Forging My Identitysection Three: Reflecting On Relevance8.personal: Significance, Humility, Comfort, Moral Direction9.community: Bioethics And The Disabled, Children, The Church (liturgy And Leading Services)