Only Human

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  • Copyright: 2005-09-01
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Other than the question of God, the question of human nature-who we are, why we are here, whey we behave as we do-is the most fundamental and perplexing of all. We are mystified at both the kindness and the horrors of human behavior and wonder where God is in both. In Only Human, David Gushee-ethicist, pastor, and award-winning Christian writer¾ uses a classic Christian framework to addresses questions about what it means to be a human being, our makeup and nature, what is right and what is wrong with us, and our origins and destiny. Drawing from contemporary and ancient discussions of human nature, Gushee offers a substantive and accessible exploration of eight essential questions:+ Is there such a thing as human nature, something all humans share?+ How do we understand what we are made of?+ Why do relationships matter so much to us?+ Is it true that human beings are intrinsically sinful?+ Are human beings truly free to chart their own paths and make meaningful choices?+ How do human beings become morally good people or morally evil?+ What does a morally great life look like?+ What should we hope for as our ultimate goal for life's journey?

Author Biography

David P. Gushee is Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy and senior fellow at the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Christian Leadership at Union University, Jackson, Tennessee. Gushee is the author of nine books and winner (with Glen Stassen) of the Christianity Today 2004 award for best book in theology and ethics for their book Kingdom Ethics.

Table of Contents

The Enduring Questions in Christian Life Seriesp. v
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Life's Journey, Human Nature, and the Quest for Wholenessp. 1
Does "Human Nature" Even Exist?p. 9
What Am I Made Of?p. 35
Why Do Relationships Matter So Much to Me?p. 57
Am I a "Sinner"?p. 83
Am I Really Free?p. 107
How Do I Become a Good Person?p. 135
What Does Moral Greatness Look Like?p. 161
Where Can True Wholeness Be Found?p. 187
Notesp. 201
Further Readingp. 209
The Authorp. 215
Indexp. 217
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