In our last episode we heard Dr. Trueman address the psychological nature of the way in which we typically think of ourselves and our identity. In this episode he adds another strand to that: the context in which we think of ourselves as human beings having an identity.
It’s basic, but human beings need an identity. We need to belong. We need to be recognized.
In a world where traditional communities have collapsed, we tend to gravitate toward nontraditional communities that offer a powerful sense of community and identity.
Identity is not an intrinsic thing. Identity is that whereby we exist in relation to other things and other people.
Listen to how the Bible shapes our understanding of human identity, gender, and sexual ethics, and consider how the Church can offer the Gospel to those who are struggling.
Dr. Carl Trueman is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He has written more than a dozen books, including Histories and Fallacies: Problems Faced in the Writing of History, Luther on the Christian Life, The Creedal Imperative, and The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution.
Our thanks to Dr. Trueman and to the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals for allowing us to release these lectures.