The Congregation at Duke University Chapel

St. Paul's View of Human Flourishing

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Paul's Anthropology and Human Flourishing

presentation at Adult Forum by
The Rev. Dr. Susan Eastman
Associate Research Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School
May 5, 2019
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The book Our Bodies, Our Selves by Angela Phillips, Boston Women's Health Book Collective, and Jill Rakusen was mentioned.

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Paul's participatory anthropology

  • Bodies are a bridge,
  • not a barrier.
  • Christ's embodiment

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Communication and Connection

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"You have died to the law through the body of Christ" (Romans 7:4)

"Who will deliver me from this body of death?" (Romans 7:24)

"We know this, that our old self was co-crucified, in order that the body of sin might be done away with, that we might no longer be enslaved to sin." (Romans 6:6)

"Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." (1 Corinthians 12:27)

God made the One who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

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"a whole way speaking, of presenting and 'uttering' the self, that presupposes relation as the ground that gives the self room to exist, a relation developing in time, a relastion with an agency which addresses or summons the self, but is in itself no part of the system of interacting and negotiating speakers in the world."

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You are members of one another

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For more details, see:
Susan Grove Eastman, Paul and the Person: Reframing Paul's Anthropology (Eerdmans, 2017)