I’ve ever known. So I wonder if Jesus looked at all the people at
that pool, and chose one man to heal because he was the only
one who wasn’t whole yet.”
What Does It Mean to Be fully Alive?
“The glory of God,” the church father Irenaeus said, “is a man
That puts the matter succinctly. But what does he mean, fully
Most theories of personhood try to locate human unique-ness in one or a combination of three things – our potentiality,
relationality or functionality.
It’s what we might become, or who we know or what we do.
But all theories take their cues from a sentiment close to that of
Irenaeus – humanness is discerned by studying humans at their
best, in our hints of perfection.
“I was made for this,” we say while base diving, or long
distance running, or spinning complex algorithms, or teach-
ing children how to use a microscope, or eating Thanksgiving
dinner with loved ones. When I run, we say, or I make a perfect
chai latte, or I decode a computer virus, or I preach a sermon, or I
embrace my daughter, I feel God’s pleasure.