Over 100 people gathered for the annual Oak Hill School of Theology in July 2019, which focused on the doctrine of humanity in the 21st century, and our theological and pastoral response to the leading challenges of our times.
Our starting point was that the story of humanity in the 21st century is a tragic tale of confusion and anxiety. Who are we? How do we know? What value do we have, and why? What divides and what unites the human race? Are we gods, or cogs in a wheel? Villains or victims?
Find the audio and video for all the School of Theology plenaries and breakout sessions below:
Kristi Mair: Humanity in Culture
Chris Stead’s session was an exercise in turning that world on its head. Our culture says, ‘I am my own’, but Chris developed the Christian belief that ‘I am not my own’ into a rich theological anthropology. He outlined five theses which anchor a view of humanity in our relationship with our Creator, our adoption in Christ, and in the fulfilment of God’s purposes for creation. The result was a vision for humanity with a dignity and destiny that rests on something far more stable than our own strength or will.
Chris Stead: Humanity in Theology
The identity given to humans at creation unfolds within the narrative of redemptive history. Images designed for glory are warped and broken by sin. Images divinely commissioned are re-scripted. Images stripped naked are re-clothed. Only in Jesus Christ, the true Image, are human images re-created to represent, relate and reflect according to design.
Matthew Bingham: Humanity in Ministry
In this final session, we consider how the story of the image of God provides an orientation to ministry in understanding ourselves and those to whom we minister; the ministry values that flow from that story which guide how we act towards people; and the ministry direction the image of God gives us, which enriches and fills out our understanding of discipleship.
Felix Aremo: Images of God and Race
Duncan Forbes: Images of God and Class
Matt Lillicrap: Images of God and Gender