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The Lost Image of Mankind

May 7, 2012

If a human being were a mere sack of water with an interesting ‘variety of chemicals reacting with one another therein,’ as is claimed in current materialistic philosophy, then a book on physics and chemistry might explain us sufficiently, though no such being, in my judgment, could possibly either write or read such a book.

If we were ‘a fantastic piece of workmanship in bone, muscle, and nerve – a high point of evolution in the animal kingdom,’ then a biological approach might suffice.

If we be only ‘busy hedonists’ prowling for pleasure until jaded and exhausted we cover our disillusionment in the night of death, then something on psychology might help explain mankind.

If the Gnostic, New-Age self is a misplaced piece of divine mind, temporarily dislodged and longing for home back in the cosmic flux, then a dash of metaphysics is in order.

But, if we are as significant and magnificent as our aspirations (freedom, fulfillment, immortality) and ideals (goodness, beauty, truth) suggest, then the religious dimension must be brought to the Hebrew poet’s question – What is man that You are mindful of him?

Only the illogic of special interest, or of intellectual myopia, could lead one to accept any one of the partial views previously suggested. There is nothing to inspire hope or work or art, poetry and song in these current departures from belief in God and mankind’s greatness as His special creation. It should not be shocking that increasing numbers of all social classes and cultures have taken up a style of life commensurate with their Lost Image of Mankind.

Robert Culver, ‘Systematic Theology’.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2012 6:32 am

    I love that Culver book. I’ve about worn out my copy.

  2. May 8, 2012 7:35 am

    Yep, quite excellent, he writes the way theology should be written.

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