On this episode of the podcast, I speak with David Zahl about his new book, Low Anthropology. It’s a conversation about the expectations we set on ourselves and others, and how recognizing and reckoning with human limitation, doubleness, and self-centeredness opens up space for both grace and growth. Among the topics we discuss:
- – How burnout, loneliness, and “us vs. them” are signs of a high anthropology
- – How low anthropology alleviates “imposter syndrome” and sets us free from the “fantasy self we are failing to become”
- – Why communities organized around vulnerability and weakness are healthier and more hopeful than communities organized around strength and success.
- – How low anthropology responds to contemporary phenomena like celebrity culture and cancel culture
- – How sermons, churches, and discipleship look different when we operate on the priority of the heart rather than the head.
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