We live in an era of polarizing political and religious disagreement. Despite the lip service our society pays to tolerance, it's becoming more and more difficult to look past our differences and to recognize our common humanity. The way that we treat each other is a direct result of how we see one another, and our culture is full of warning signs that we aren't seeing each other correctly.
In Reclaimed, author and cultural critic Andy Steiger explores the trend toward dehumanization that underlies our fraught times. People on both sides of the political aisle and from all walks of life share a deep desire for better understanding, justice, and human dignity. Yet we're uncertain how to achieve these aims. Steiger points to Jesus as the basis for rediscovering our common ground and our shared humanity.
In Jesus we find not only that humans are unique, valuable, and bearers of rights and responsibilities, but also that our dehumanizing tendencies--our worst inclinations toward inhumanity--can bve redeemed and restored. Jesus enables us to be fully human, and it's in him that we rediscover the kind of relationships and society for which so many people today are longing.
About the Authors
Andy Steiger (MA, Biola University) is a pastor at Northview Community Church and the director of Apologetics Canada. He is currently completing a PhD in theological anthropology at Aberdeen University.
Sheri Hiebert (BA, University of the Fraser Valley) is a freelance writer and homeschooling mother of three. She contributed to the book Thinking? Answering Life's Five Biggest Questions. Sheri lives in Chilliwack, BC.