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Low Anthropology: The Unlikely Key to a Gracious View of Others (and Yourself) With David Zahl

Low Anthropology Book GraphicIn this book discussion episode of the Share Life podcast, I'm speaking with David Zahl. David and I discuss his latest book, Low Anthropology: The Unlikely Key to a Gracious View of Others and Yourself.

David is the director of Mockingbird Ministries, an organization he founded in 2007. He is editor-in-chief of the Mockingbird blog and cohost of the Mockingcast podcast. David is also an author of multiple books and has written for Christianity Today and the Washington Post. He lives with his wife and three boys in Charlottesville, Virginia where he also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church.

Today, we're talking about anthropology, as it relates to our understanding of human nature.

Book Summary

"Many of us spend our days feeling like we're the only one with problems, while everyone else has their act together. 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, loneliness, 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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