Summer Institute 2020:
The Meaning of the City: Rebellion and Redemption

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The Meaning of the City: Rebellion and Redemption
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They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name.” (Genesis 11:4)

 

From the first pages of Genesis, mankind has sought security apart from God. The city stands as the first and foremost expression of that search. As individuals, in what political philosophers called the “state of nature,” we are vulnerable. But together, we strive to overcome the vicissitudes of earthly existence. Despite the rebellious origins of the city, God promises to redeem the city by creating a New Jerusalem. The questions thus arise: What is a city? What function does it perform? And how are we who live in an intensely urban world to understand the meaning of the city? Summer Institute 2021 will explore the nature of cities and urbanization. We will look at what the Bible and other authors have said, with a particular emphasis on modern city life.

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