A sustained cultural diversity across Europe is still marked by universal hunger within Europe – the question “Who am I?” has become truly universal.
Answers to this question have come from many places, including:
For some the question itself is uncertain.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines philosophy as the use of argument and reason to establish the truth about reality. Each of these has come under attack.
The resultant of this is a collapse of meaning.
The question of identity then also becomes one which cannot be pursued. Yet it still remains.
Identity and the art of construction. Many know / feel that our identity is not given, it is built.
What then is a Biblical response both to this mindset and in terms of the question raised. Here we face challenge, in that in the Gospel we are given something unique.
Systems of thought and religion are normally rooted in one of three ways, either in thinking (epistemological), feeling (existential) or doing (pragmatical). Some seek to combine these together. The Gospel however is framed in terms of being (ontological).
Within this framework of being and transformation, we find not only a unique approach to the question, but also a unique revelation given to us and made through us that not only provides the only satisfactory answer the question “Who am I?” but also provides us with a firm basis for hope.