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An increasing number of individuals in Western culture face a crisis in self-esteem, for all the theoretical talk of "human rights." The Christian tradition has a distinctive contribution to make on the subject of human worth. This lecture will explore the letters of Paul and the practices of the earliest Christian communities to unearth the powerful dynamic of gift (grace) in giving humans worth. You are worth it, but not because an advertisement tells you so!
John Barclay BA, MA, PhD (Cambridge), Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham. John taught at the University of Glasgow for 16 years before taking up his current appointment as Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham. He writes and lectures on a number of topics in the New Testament and early Christianity including gospel passion narratives, Pauline theology, the social formation of the early church, and the history of interpretation of Paul.