What are these goofy human creatures that God made? What does it mean to live a truly human life? How do human communities flourish and what does that look like? These are some of the questions that got me interested in studying theological anthropology in the first place. Along the way, I’ve looked at the significance of Jesus Christ for understanding true humanity, the nature of the mind/body relationship, free will, gender/sexuality, eschatology, and I’ve started looking at the ecclesial nature of humanity. Among the glaring absences in this sadly incomplete list is the nature of work. God gave us work to do in the Garden and he has work for us to do in the eschaton. Beyond teling us that eternity won’t be just harp solos and cloud sculpting competitions, what significance does this have for understanding humanity as God intended it?
That’s what I’m off to explore tomorrow. I’ll be attending the Acton University conference in Grand Rapids for the rest of the week. Although Acton tends to focus more on issues of economics and politics, there will be plenty to explore in my own areas of interest. Mostly I’ll be focusing on understanding economics, social justice, and environmental stewardship, hoping that they will all contribute to a better understanding of work and human flourishing in the world.
Here are the seminars that I’m considering at the moment. If I’m feeling really energetic, I’ll try to post some thoughts on the more interesting ones as the conference progresses. We’ll see how that goes.
- Thoughts on Human Dignity
- Christian Anthropology
- Christianity and the Idea of Limited Government (not sure why this is on my list)
- Economic Way of Thinking
- Foundations of a Free and Virtuous Society (hoping for some thoughts on human flourishing here)
- Evangelical Social Thought: Justice Grounded in Love
- Social Justice: Fair and Victimless vs. Free and Virtuous
- Biblical Theology and Environmental Ethics
- Bonhoeffer’s Social Ethics
- Environmental Sustainability: Creature Care beyond Stewardship