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Being Human: A new lens for our cultural conversations

by Jo Frost and Peter Lynas

Who am I? Does my life matter? What will make me happy?

In different ways and at different moments, we all ask life’s big questions about what it means to be human. But in our fast-paced, rapidly changing and often exhausting world, our cultural stories struggle to provide us with good answers. Whether on issues of gender identity or AI, climate change or racial injustice, our individual solutions to life’s big challenges can often end in deep division and broken relationships.

Being Human offers a new lens – a new way to engage with our cultural conversations, using four key aspects of humanity: significance, connection, presence and participation.

Digging into the foundations of our cultural stories, authors Jo Frost and Peter Lynas expose the cracks in our culture’s understanding of what it means to be human. From what the media communicates about our self-worth, to how institutions prize some voices over others, we can see the impact of our culture’s shallow stories all around us, as they fail to help us live our lives to the full.

By contrasting our cultural narratives with the story of the Bible, we can see how cultural truths have been fractured and isolated from the fullness and richness of who God is and who God created us to be, and come to recognise that only in Jesus can we live truly fully human lives.

Being Human is a refreshingly clear and engaging guide for everyone who wants to live out and share the good, true and beautiful biblical vision of what it is to be human.

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