#6: What is Human Flourishing and How Do We Achieve It?
Understanding what we are answers many other questions, including the nature and means of flourishing as a human being. In this episode, J.P. and Stan describe human flourishing and endeavour to reclaim the idea of flourishing as an aim beyond pleasure or mere happiness.In this podcast we discuss: What it means to be made in the “Image of God”What types of capacities and powers we share, to a limited degree, with GodWhy only the Judeo-Christian worldview sees individuals as intrinsically valuableImplications of our intrinsic value for biomedical ethics and for judging other culture’s valuesWhy being a human being is more than just being a certain type of biological speciesThe essential capacities that make us all humanThe relationship between our essential capacities, maturity, flourishing, spiritual disciplines, excellent living, and becoming more like ChristWhy we will always be growing in the expression of our capacities, even in the afterlifeHow understand our nature helps us understand the true meaning and purpose of lifeOur culture’s wrong definition of flourishing, leading to many of our social ills and addictionsThe role of a faith community in our journey toward full flourishingHow finding ways to express our unique gifts relates to finding true happinessIdentifying people who are ”good at life” and can be examples for us to followThe three people who have most shaped JP and Stan in understanding how to flourishThe redemptive role pain and suffering can play in our flourishingThe important distinction between Christian heroes and Christian “celebrities”JP and Stan’s personal obstacles and joys in being formed into the Image of God.Resources mentioned during our conversation:Example of Western outrage over the Tiananmen Square massacreStan’s article on what it is to be human and therefore to flourishing (and his recent interview on this topic)One of JP’s writings on what it is to be human and therefore to flourish: with Garrett J. DeWeese, Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life’s Big Questions, Chapter Two - “Substances, Essences and Natures”The three people most influential in Stan’s lifeP. Moreland, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought PeaceStan’s College Faith Podcast interview with Roger Hershey
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