Episode #371

Low Anthropology

Guest: David Zahl

Series: Crackers and Grape Juice

Host: Jason Micheli

September 10, 2022

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Our guest today is our good friend, David Zahl, who has written a great new book, Low Anthropology: The Unlikely Key to a Gracious View of Others ( and Yourself).

It’ll help you find mercy.

Dave is the founder and director of Mockingbird Ministries ( www.mbird.com ) and a campus minister at UVA through Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA.

More about the book:

Many of us spend our days feeling like we’re the only one with problems, while everyone else has their acttogether. But the sooner we realize that everyone struggles like we do, the sooner we can show grace to ourselves and others.

In Low Anthropology, popular author and theologian David Zahl explores how our ideas about human nature influence our expectations in friendship, work, marriage, and politics. We all go through life with an “anthropology” — an idea about what humans are like, our potentials and our limitations. A high anthropology — thinking optimistically about human nature — can breed perfectionism, anxiety, burnout, lonlinesss, and resentment. Meanwhile, Zahl invites readers into a biblically rooted and surprisingly life – giving low anthropology, which fosters hope, deep connection with others, lasting love, vulnerability, compassion, and happiness.

Zahl offers a liberating view of human nature, sin, and grace, showing why the good news of Christianity is both urgent and appealing. By embracing a more accurate view of human beings, readers will discover a true and lasting hope.

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