Sources of the Christian Self

A Cultural History of Christian Identity

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James M. Houston, Jens Zimmermann
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
    , May
     696 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Shaun Joynt forthcoming.


Using Charles Taylor’s magisterial Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity as a springboard, this interdisciplinary book explores lived Christian identity through the ages. 

Beginning with such Old Testament figures as Abraham, Moses, and David and moving through the New Testament, the early church, the Middle Ages, and onward, the forty-two biographical chapters in Sources of the Christian Self illustrate how believers historically have defined their selfhood based on their relation to God/Jesus. 

Among the many historical subjects are Justin Martyr, Origen, Augustine, Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, Dante, John Calvin, Teresa of Ávila, John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, Christina Rossetti, Blaise Pascal, Søren Kierkegaard, C. S. Lewis, and Flannery O’Connor—all of whom boldly lived out their Christian identities in their varied cultural contexts. In showing how Christian identity has evolved over time, Sources of the Christian Self offers deep insight into our own Christian selves today.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

James M. Houston is Founding Principal of Regent College in Vancouver. His other books include The Psalms as Christian Worship (with Bruce Waltke).

Jens Zimmermann is Canada Research Professor of Interpretation, Religion, and Culture at Trinity Western University and visiting professor of philosophy, literature, and theology at Regent College, Vancouver.

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