2 Inadequate Narratives: Sovereign Self and Oppressionism

Jun 15, 2022 by

by John F Hanna, TGC:

Deeply embedded within our societal conflicts are differing narratives and understandings of the human person. A human is image of God (Gen. 1:26–27, 5:1; 9:6; James 3:9), who degrades that image in sin by turning away from God and is called to restoration and renewal through Jesus Christ.

In those truths we have the narrative for our lives. We have identity, meaning, and morality.

Over time, other narratives of the human person have emerged that conflict with the image-bearing understanding of our humanity. In the story of the Sovereign Self, we escape from transcendent authority to make our own selves and our own meaning, which leaves us empty and can’t hold us together.

This is being replaced by the story of Oppressionism, a powerful individual and communal meaning-making narrative that redefines humanity and reality on authoritarian terms due to its rejection of God-given truth. What we need, both personally and communally, is restoration in the divine image to our God’s true, rightful, and liberating authority.

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See also:

Good and evil on the new frontier, by Kit Wilson, The Critic:
Our current ethical guidelines are hopelessly inadequate for a new era of unimaginable technological change. “The problem is ultimately philosophical. The whole project of human rights is balanced precariously on a single, narrow claim: that all humans share some fundamental, inalienable moral essence. If that goes, the whole thing collapses.”

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