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.