A Review of Reenchanting Humanity. By Owen Strachan

Dec 8, 2019 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch:

This new book on biblical anthropology is excellent, covering modern matters such as transgenderism:

Over the years many good books on biblical anthropology have appeared. One thinks of works such as Meredith Kline’s 1980 book, Images of the Spirit, and Anthony Hoekema’s 1986 volume, Created in God’s Image. This brand-new work is a welcome addition to this topic.

In this book the American theology professor offers us 400 pages on the subject, looking at not just the traditional aspects, such as what the image of God entails, but dealing with plenty of contemporary issues, such as work, justice, sexuality and technology. Thus both the theological and the practical are covered here in some detail.

Strachan begins by noting that modern man is in a state of disenchantment: “We have been told that we people are the chance result of impersonal chaos working its dark magic on the universe; we have no divine origin, there is no design or telos to our bodies and identities, and – this last part is taken almost for granted today – there is no God. The outcome of such thinking? Humanity is disenchanted.”

All the more reason why we need to recover the biblical worldview, including what it means to be human. The Scriptural account of mankind is the much-needed remedy to all the chaos and confusion engulfing us now in the West.

Over the past few centuries we have declared war on God, then on the Bible, and now on man. Simply think of the mess we are creating with the transgender ideology. Says Strachan: “Does the human person live in an ordered cosmos and have an appointed identity, or does he make his own identity in a world without God?”

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See also: A bible-based, evangelical approach to Christian faith and sexuality: new book sets out CEEC view, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: a review of Martin Davie’s ‘Glorify God in your Body: Human identity and flourishing in marriage, singleness and friendship’ 

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