Who Am I…Really?: The "New Self" in an Age of Self-Transformation

Thursday, 09 Aug 2007

The average person today changes vocations, religions, political ideologies, partners, and perhaps even sexual orientations without much of the agony that used to distinguish such decisions.
Nearly all the wisdom we possess . . . consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves. But, while joined by many bonds, which one precedes and brings forth the other is not easy to discern (John Calvin, Institutes 1.1.1) No wonder Paul said the Gospel was foolishness to Greeks. For Plato, the goal of life was gnosis, mystical knowledge of the Good; Aristotle had a similar objective, but was more down-to-earth in his appreciation for the possibilities of knowing the non-mystical world of our ordinary observation. Are ...

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