From the Principal's Desk, published in the Lion's Roar on October 8, 2014
In Noah Webster’s 1828 publication of the Webster Dictionary, anthropology is defined as: “1. A discourse upon human nature. 2. The doctrine of the structure of the human body; the natural history or physiology of the human species. 3. The word denotes that manner of expression by which the inspired writers attribute human parts and passions to God. “*
Not surprisingly, a contemporary definition (found on Dictionary.com) defines anthropology from a more “scientific” perspective: “1. the science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind. 2. the study of human beings’ similarity to and divergence from other animals. 3. the science of humans and their works. 4. ...the study of the nature and essence of humankind.”**
Several of us are working through The Truth Project as part of ACSI’s certification requirement for teachers. Last week’s lesson addressed the question, “Who is man?” That’s the foundational question associated with the study of anthropology.
God is very clear about the answer to this critical question. Man was created by God on the sixth day of Creation. Man and woman were created in the image of their Creator God and were blessed with an intimate relationship with Him.
However, man and woman...Adam and Eve...were also given free choice to choose to genuinely love and trust their Creator (or not). Sadly, they chose to believe the lie that they could be their own god. They chose to believe that God’s desires for them were somehow less than their own desires for themselves, and man fell into sin and out of that intimate relationship with God.
Although mankind now lives in a fallen state, our loving God still chooses to pursue us…to invite us back into that intimate relationship with Him. Since we have no way to return into that relationship on our own, He sent His only Son to come and die for us so that we could enter that most blessed relationship possible.
Although a study of man quickly reveals that we are sinful and fallen, a study of God reveals that we are not without hope through Christ. Praise God!
*"anthropology." Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. 2014.http://1828.mshaffer.com/d/word/anthropology (3 October 2014).
**”anthropology.” Dictionary.com. http://dictionary. reference.com/browse/anthropology?s=t (3 October 2014).