Man Completed by Alison Sailer Bennett

Man Completed

Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image
by John Behr
St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2013
(136 pages, $26.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Alison Sailer Bennett

Becoming Human is Orthodox Christian anthropology in the form of a concise meditation. Since Fr. John Behr is an Orthodox theologian and writer, his audience is very likely Orthodox, although the book can certainly speak to almost any lay Christian with an interest in Christian anthropology and a regard for early Christian theologians.

Behr's purpose is to cultivate unhurried and deliberate reflection on what it means to be human, using quotations and images to foster a literary experience similar to that evoked by the medieval manuscript. Behr endorses nothing alien to Orthodox theology; rather, he presents a fresh articulation of Orthodox theology for modern ears. He helps connect the dots on what has always been present in Christian anthropology without straying from the Tradition.

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