Bruce Hindmarsh: “You Have Never Talked to a Mere Mortal”: The Implications of a “Negative” Theological Anthropology

Recently Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh gave a (virtual) public lecture on theological anthropology–or how our understanding of God ought to shape our understanding of what it means to be human. Dr. Hindmarsh is a frequent guest instructor for Brazos Fellows, and the James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. Here’s a description of his talk:

An icon of the transfiguration will often display Christ as enveloped in layers of light that recede into grey and black behind him. As John Chrysostom said, the eyes of the disciples “were darkened by excessive radiance.” A later hymn writer likewise wrote, “`Tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.” There is more than we can take in when we turn to contemplate the beauty, infinitude, and holiness of the Lord. This lecture explores an idea in Hans Urs Von Balthasar of the analogia personalitatis, or, the analogy between human and divine personhood. Is there a kind of dark centre of unknowability exceeding all that enlightens us as we come to know of another human person? How might this mystery inform a deeply theological anthropology? How does it challenge modern views of humanness? And what are its implications for human relations in society and everyday life?

Until August 31, you can watch the lecture for free here: