The introduction to the series can be found here. “By detachment we strive to give our whole self to God, that all our willing, loving and desiring may be in him.”1
Introduction to the Series: This post begins an ambitious project, one which will engage the theological concept of personhood. I readily admit that I am in way over my head on this one. While the topic excites me (in a scary nerdy way), it is a theological behemoth. Yet, my hope is that, after years of study, I can unpack and promote ideas that bring clarification, instead of confusion, to the discussion table. Many theologians
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!1” A few years ago my wife and I went to a Greek festival hosted by a Greek Orthodox Church in downtown St. Louis. As we were walking around the building trying to decide which food looked most appetizing to us, we stumbled across a bookstore right inside the doors of the church.
So, I have been a bit obsessed with the field of philosophy/theology that is commonly labeled “relational ontology” for a few years now. Some of the secular-ish folks also like to label it as “social construction theory” whenever it is applied on a purely anthropological level. Everyone in the field seems to define the notion of relational being somewhat differently. For example, should the mantra be, “I love, therefore I am,” or, “I am loved,