Exploring Personhood 2022

John Behr: God’s Project and Our Response

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Christ is showing you what God looks like in human form. He's showing us what it looks like to be human.

John Behr (University of Aberdeen) examines how the earliest post-New Testament writers, especially Ignatius of Antioch and Irenaeus of Lyons, understood what it is to be a human being.

This talk was delivered in February 2022 at Exploring Personhood: What Is a Human Being? Exploring Personhood began with the authority of the Scriptures and Christian theology. We then invited perspectives from the sciences (biology, genetics, psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology) and humanities (ethics, biblical studies, philosophy, and theology). Our aim was to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on the Imago Dei, the unity and diversity of the human race, and embodiment — all for the glory of God and the good of the world.

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This project was made possible through the support of grant #61985 from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s)and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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John Behr

Fr John Behr is the Regius Professor of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen, since the summer of 2020, having taught at St Vladimir’s Seminary since 1995, serving there as Dean from 2007–17. Fr John has published numerous monographs with Oxford University Press and SVS Press, most recently a new critical edition and translation of Origen’s 'On First Principles,' together with an extensive introduction, for OUP (2017), and a study of the Gospel of John (OUP 2019); he has also published various works aimed for a more general audience, such as his more poetic and meditative work entitled 'Becoming Human: Theological Anthropology in Word and Image' (SVS Press, 2013). He is currently working on a new edition and translation of 'On the Making of the Human Being' by Gregory of Nyssa and a new edition and translation of the works of Irenaeus.

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