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(Rather than an Individual)
A Feature Review of
Bodies, Minds, Persons
Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018.
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Reviewed by Rob O’Lynn
Being Human is a collection of five essays that focus on various aspects of theological anthropology that were given over a period of four years. A brief introduction begins the volume, in which Williams notes that this “unintended trilogy” has been “less about the basics of Christian belief and behaviour and more about the sort of questions in our culture that make us wonder what ‘real’ humanity is like and whether our most central ideas about what is human are under threat in this environment” (vii). Williams’ argument specifically in Being Human is that answering the question of what defines a human is now more complicated than ever. “No need to panic,” Williams notes, because “we do need more clarity than our culture usually gives us as to what we think is ‘more’ human” (vii). The volume seeks to be somewhat apologetic, although in a more philosophical sense, in that “sources of contemporary confusion” regarding what it means to be human will be addressed so that the reader can find herself more “in alignment with the grace and joy of what is ultimately true—with God and with the will of God, as Christians would say” (vii). In short, Williams seeks to examine some of the different pressures that are pressed upon the human in order to determine how these pressures shape us into or distort us out of the will of God.