The Politics of Man’s Exaltation

I’ve just guest-posted over on Political Theology Today.

This psalm presents us with an embryonic account of human rule in the creation. Although the dominion of humanity is central to the psalm, it is situated within and established upon the sovereignty of YHWH. Human dominion is one of the Creator’s own mighty works, a means by which he establishes his intended order in his creation. As such, human rule is neither to be despotic nor a law unto itself, but a graciously given status and appointed means of fulfilling YHWH’s own good purpose for his manifold creatures.

Read the whole thing here.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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2 Responses to The Politics of Man’s Exaltation

  1. Patrick M says:

    One can find it difficult to track with Alastair given the two diverse messages the church faces today. The first message would have us eradicate any weakness through technology, pharmacology, self-help, positive talk, etc. One needn’t look far to see these messages plastered on the billboards alongside the highways of our lives. But a reactionary movement has emerged. In many theologically robust, reformed circles, a misapplication of total depravity and human sin has taken hold. This messaging would seek to knock humans down to size and keep them there, which provides a different set of problems. One goes from an over-realized sense of self to a retarded (in the truest sense of the word) sense of self. Both miss the mark and Psalm 8 can serve as a balm for the soul and save us from both pitfalls. Great post!

  2. Katherine says:

    Yes, it’s a very helpful post, and forms a good point of departure for the consideration of so many other social and political issues. The icon is very well selected too – I’d like to know more about it.

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