On the Lived Theology Reading List: Incarnational Humanism

Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World (Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology), by Jens ZimmermannA Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World

The postmodern West has surpassed its Christian roots and legacy of reason, freedom, human dignity and democracy. In Incarnational Humanism, author Jens Zimmermann presents the church as the vessel for change through the retrieval of an ancient Christian humanism for our time. Drawing on the sacred offerings found in Scripture, common humanity extends beyond any religious or secular divides. Incarnational Humanism presents a distinctly evangelical philosophy of culture that grasps the link between the new humanity inaugurated by Christ and all of humanity, upholding the church as a witness to the world’s reconciliation to God.

Reviews and endorsements of the publication include:

“A timely and insightful analysis of how human beings, in the course of several centuries, have come to dominate a world and yet have lost their sense of what it means to be human. Jens Zimmermann demonstrates with depth and clarity the way that our common humanity was recovered in the incarnation and is communicated to us and to the world in the eucharist. This is truly a book for our times.” —Barry Harvey, professor of theology in the Honors College, Baylor University

“Zimmermann rightly challenges the dualism that remains endemic to much evangelical spirituality. Tracing the history of incarnational humanism, he presents a call back to a sacramental, participatory view of reality. Perhaps the most hopeful element of Zimmermann’s account is its concluding plea for the centrality of the Eucharist for a Christian approach to the world. This book will become assigned reading for my Theology of Culture class!”—Hans Boersma, Regent College, Vancouver

“At a time when various secular humanisms are thriving, Christians might imagine that the way forward is to make common cause with others in promoting human values without mentioning doctrines that specifically pertain to Christianity. With his characteristic erudition and eloquence, Jens Zimmermann shows that the opposite is the case: it is precisely in and through the incarnation of Jesus Christ that true humanism flourishes, because human life together requires the healing and hope that God brings by even now drawing us into his life. Without faith, hope and love, humanity founders. Zimmermann sheds profound light upon the full scope of life in Christ.”—Matthew Levering, University of Dayton

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