On Humanality

HUMANALITY

I hereby officially affirm and engage a fresh term (at least to me, and not one that has much usage that I can find elsewhere) that I will use, and would like to inject especially into the Church conversation, often noted as a typo for another word, but having its own uniqueness:

Humanality: The degree to which an idea, action or experience edifies the human soul and restores the quality, dignity and vitality of personhood.

Based on the origins narrative of the Hebrew book of Genesis, specifically the concept of the imago Dei, unique in content to the biblical origins narrative, humanality is a word aiding qualitative analysis (perhaps quantitative as well, if someone can convince me) of the activities of culture today in relation to their service to human dignity.

At the Institute, we talk about renewing worship forms that “re-humanize” people in the face of a “dehumanizing” culture (and sometimes, in the face of what can be, unchecked, a dehumanizing Church sub-culture).

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