Quest for a Lost Identity
Rev. Ted Curnow looks at the issues raised by the 'identity quest' that is especially prominent today. An extract below and full paper here (PDF 4 pages)
On one occasion I recall my parents advising the family that, ‘it was best not to think too much.’ It was not an anti-intellectual statement but a way of saying we should avoid being, melancholic, or paranoid about life. They were sound words, but if we get it right, a healthy realism that celebrates the positive aspects of life and our digital age we will also be alert to life-changing aspects that subtly shape our thinking. Today we live in a culture where self-ism and sexuality are so central and given such importance that it is easy to lose a healthy perspective on the meaning of life and what it means to be a person of worth created in the image of God.