This One Vision Could Radically Reform Christian Interplay With Politics, Culture: Author | 9/24/2018 | Staff
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Dan Darling is vice president for communications at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Capturing a biblical understanding of personhood found in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible could transform the way Christians interact with politics and the culture, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's Dan Darling argues in a new book.

People - Dignity - Image - God - Writes

All people have dignity because we were all made in the image of God, Darling writes in The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God's Rich Vision for Humanity, published last month by The Good Book Company.

Darling, vice president for communications at the ERLC, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, isn't writing about a new idea, but an ancient one, sometimes known by the Latin imago dei or "image of God," found in Genesis 1:26-27, and expounded upon since the birth of Christianity. But it is an idea in need of recovery in America today, he says.

Approach - World - Recovery - Christian - Doctrine

"We need a fresh approach to engaging with the world. I'd like to suggest that this can be found in a recovery of the robust Christian doctrine of human dignity," Darling writes in the introduction.

The book offers suggestions for how a "dignity revolution" should inform many of today's most contentious issues, such as immigration, abortion, prison reform, racism, healthcare, and sex and marriage. There is also a chapter on how technology has made it easier to dehumanize others, when interacting with them via keyboard, and a chapter on the divisiveness of our partisan political debates.

Kind - Behavior - Candidates - Character - Candidates

"We are, it seems, becoming increasingly tribal, defending the worst kind of behavior in our own candidates while attacking the low character of candidates in the other party. Even Christians have succumbed to the moral relativism of the age, excusing immoral and disgusting behavior because it is 'their guy' or 'their girl,'" Darling...
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