11.16.2010

N.T. Wright in Langley (On Identity)

This is going to be quick, but I want to get it out before it's gone.

N.T. Wright gave a wonderful lecture today and I'm quickly going to pick up on one of his points because I thought that it was a particularly interesting one in light of what I have blogged about today and what is coming up in the next two blogs.

His talk was about what it means to be human today.  In the being human section he went through what it means to have the image of God, and what it means to be priests and kings.

It was in Wright's talk about modernism and post-modernism that something really stuck out.  Post-modernism has typically been portrayed as having irredeemable qualities about it.  However, he didn't feel that this assessment was fair.  Post-modernity, he contended, serves as a reminder of the Fall and people's lose of recognition that they bear the image of God, as we now have people asking questions that have never been asked before such as, "who am I?"  It's only through Christ that we can gain back a true sense of the Imago Dei - and thus serves as a starting point in answering such questions.

Post-modernity and this question of (personal) identity are tied inextricably close to what I've already started talking about in regards to Universals and nominalism.  These questions are really searching for meaning in a world that has cut itself away from it's only source of it.