HOW JESUS RESTORES OUR HUMANITY IN A DEHUMANIZED WORLD
In his book, Reclaimed, Andy Steiger points to Jesus as the basis for rediscovering our common ground and our shared humanity. In Jesus we find not only that humans are unique, valuable, and bearers of rights and responsibilities, but also that our dehumanizing tendencies--our worst inclinations toward inhumanity--can be redeemed and restored. Jesus enables us to be fully human, and it's in him that we rediscover the kind of relationships and society for which so many people today are longing.
What is Human?
History teaches that people are capable of truly terrible acts when we do not recognize each other's humanity, but how do we see each other and ourselves correctly? In this session, we'll challenge dehumanizing perspectives and explore how Jesus' answer humanizes.
What is the Value of Human Life?
We often hear it said that people have inherent value, equality, and rights that can't be taken away, but on what basis? In this session, we'll discuss worldviews that devalue us and consider how Christianity confirms our immeasurable value when we see God correctly.
What Leads to Human Flourishing?
The 21st century is full of conveniences and we are increasingly tempted to live for ourselves, but is this a life worth living for? In this session, we'll confront ideals that degrade people and unpack Jesus' answer that the good life is found in community.
How Should Humans Live?
A quick scroll through the news is a sad reminder that our world is full of broken relationships, but can they be fixed? In this final session, we'll wrestle with demoralizing ideas and investigate how Jesus not only taught, but lived out, what it looks like to mend our broken relationships.
Andy Steiger is the founder and president of Apologetics Canada, an organization dedicated to helping churches across Canada better understand and engage today’s culture. Most recently, he wrote the book Reclaimed: How Jesus Restores Our Humanity in a Dehumanized World, which was preceded by The Human Project. He also created and hosted The Thinking Series and is the author of Thinking? Answering Life’s Five Biggest Questions. Andy speaks on these topics internationally at universities, conferences, churches, prisons and coffee shops. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Andy is originally from Portland, Oregon and currently lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia with his wife, Nancy, and their boys.
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