The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God's Rich Vision for Humanity
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As Christians, we want to make a difference in this world. We want to have an impact not only on our immediate family and community but on wider social issues. We want to protect the vulnerable and engage with the issues that really matter. But how?

This book shows us how wonderful, liberating and empowering it is to be made in God’s image – and how this changes how we see ourselves and all other humans, and how we treat them and advocate for them.

Some will feel the call to run for office… others will roll up their sleeves and join the good work of non-profit ministry… and others might simply find little ways to incorporate this vision of human dignity into their everyday lives and change their community one word, one action, one person at a time.

Each one of us can be and are called to be, part of this new movement—a human dignity revolution that our societies need, and that we—you—are uniquely placed as Christians to join.

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Title: The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God's Rich Vision for Humanity
By: Daniel Darling
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Good Book Company
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.31 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 1784982830
ISBN-13: 9781784982836
Stock No: WW982830

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As Christians, we want to make a difference in this world. We want to have an impact not only on our immediate family and community, but on wider social issues. We want to protect the vulnerable and engage with the issues that really matter. But how?

This book shows us how wonderful, liberating and empowering it is to be made in God’s image. It will change how we see ourselves and other people.

Some will feel the call to run for office… others will roll up their sleeves and join the good work of non-profit ministry… and others might simply find little ways to incorporate this vision of human dignity into their everyday lives, and change their community one word, one action, one person at a time.

Dan Darling shows us that each one of us can be, and are called to be, part of this new movement—a human dignity revolution that our societies desperately need, and how we—you—are uniquely placed to join.

Author Bio

Daniel Darling is Vice-President for Communications of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship at Green Hill Church, Mt Juliet, Tennessee. He writes regularly in a range of publications, including The Washington Post and Huffington Post, and hosts the weekly podcast The Way Home. Dan is married to Angela and they have four children.

Editorial Reviews

We live in an age of mass confusion about what it means to be human. Our dignity is repeatedly attacked by new worldviews which undermine the significance of human beings. This book is a compelling and careful articulation of human dignity according to Scripture. The Dignity Revolution carefully traces the worth of human endeavors and articulates a compelling vision for what it means to bear God’s image. Darling is a faithful guide on these issues and this book is a welcome resource for the church.
This may be one of the most important books of our time. This isn't a book to merely be read—this is an igniting catalyst of a desperately needed revolution that could turn everything around for every single one of us and this whole broken-hearted world.
The spirit of the day has proclaimed itself compassionate while failing to recognize the dignity of every person in every condition, under every circumstance. The Dignity Revolution details how the Christian doctrine of human dignity must guide our public engagement. Darling compels us not to be merely pious bystanders, but also vigilant servants determined to put our convictions into action on issues such as criminal justice, immigration, and religious liberty.
This book should be on the shelf of anyone wanting to seriously engage the most difficult topics and conversations of our day. Not only will it inform and equip you, but it will give you confidence in how Christians should respond to society’s most difficult conversations.
Daniel Darling has provided us with an accessible, faithful, understanding, Christ-centered guide to some of the most pressing ethical issues facing us today. Our God-given dignity is good news for each one of us, and this book shows us why.
In our current "hashtag age"—where virtues such as kindness, civility, and love are in decline—a new vocabulary and tone around the glory and worth of all persons is sorely needed. In this helpful volume, Daniel does a lovely job of championing such a vocabulary and tone. I commend to you… it will be well worth your time.
You would think that by now we would appreciate the value of these two words: human dignity. But the daily news reminds us otherwise. And Dan Darling reminds us of the urgency of understanding the phrase in its rich biblical dimensions, and, most importantly, of living out the reality that every person on the planet is of immense value.
I think most Christians could tell you that humans are made imago Dei, in God’s image and likeness, but I don’t think many fully grasp what that means or how to apply that fundamental Christian idea to our most pressing cultural concerns. This is tragic, because it is precisely on anthropology that Christians have so much to offer a confused world right now. This book is overdue and crucial, and should be required reading for all of us.
The most important question of contemporary ethics, and perhaps in Western liberal culture itself, is whether the dignity of the person can be grounded in something other than arbitrary exertions of power. Significantly, this question arises at a time of unprecedented frustration with a binary left/right political imagination left over from the culture-war fought by my students' grandparents. Darling's book admirably shows that a properly-understood Christian ethic will avoid the idolatry of left/right-style secular politics while beautifully grounding the dignity of the person in ways which can both claim the conscience of the Christian and attract the attention of the curious non-believer.
Across all spectrums, human dignity is a flag Christians wave. It is central to our identity and mission. Standing athwart our polarized age, The Dignity Revolution points to the common ground we share and the broader mission we pursue.
The journey of life is the story of people bearing the image of God. With the gospel always present, Dan Darling challenges us in to see the many roads human dignity travels, and to consider how consistent we are in respecting the sacred image God created us to possess. It is a challenge well worth taking on as we seek to reflect and honor God with how we live as Christians.
For many Christians, today’s politics is deeply unsatisfying. One side cares about the unborn, but not about refugees. The other side cares about immigrants, but not the unborn child. Daniel Darling is leading a quiet revolution that transcends the old left-versus-right paradigm and, instead, summons us to consistently defend human dignity.
For years I thought that only the lives of elderly and medically fragile people were under assault—it’s what happens in a culture that insists you are "better off dead than disabled." Now, however, the human dignity of families living on every cul-de-sac in America is under attack as the very definition of "human being" is altered. No longer is this an academic issue; it’s impact is creeping into hospitals, schools, and businesses and our country is reeling. Daniel Darling’s book is a must-read for every Christian looking for a solid language and good argument to halt the further dismantling of the sanctity of all human life. I highly recommend it!
This book encourages us to stand up for the vulnerable, to be a voice to those who are not being heard and to be an advocate for those in need of our help.
The most important takeaway from this book is that every single person was made in God’s image, and not one of us is worthy but for the grace of God.
An essential read for Christians everywhere, Darling makes a case for a much-needed quiet revolution, what he calls “the “human dignity movement.”
I didn’t need Darling to tell me that we live in a world of daily assaults on human dignity—it’s written all over the headlines. But I did need him to give me hope that we can forge a meaningful path through the present divisions.
Americans are longing for a vision of politics and public life that is grounded in principle, not partisanship, and Christianity demands such a vision. My friend Dan Darling offers such a vision here, grounded in the dignity of each and every human being as made in the image of God. Consider this book carefully, and then act to implement its vision in your personal and public life.
To understand and address the many issues of our cultural moment, from abortion to racial injustice, we’ve got to start with the Imago Dei. The Dignity Revolution helps us recover this biblical concept, pushing and pleading with us to apply it constantly and consistently.
We need a revolution in our country of committed followers of Jesus who are consistently living out the value of human dignity in how we speak, act, think, and relate to one another. I’m grateful this timely book offers us a way forward in having a consistent pro-life public witness that will have enduring impact on the church and society at large.
Twenty-five years from now, if evangelical Christians are known for their promotion of human dignity, their love of neighbor, and their commitment to justice and mercy, the compelling vision of Dan Darling’s The Dignity Revolution will be the reason why. This book belongs on the bookshelf of every serious American Christian.
The kingdom of God redefines for us who matters and what matters. Human beings are not the sum of their physical, economic, and mental powers. We are creatures who reflect, all of us, a picture of the Creator God. I know of no one who cares for human dignity more than my friend and colleague Daniel Darling. This book appeals to the imagination and the conscience about what it would look like were we to treat our neighbors, and ourselves, as created in the image of God.
If you or your children are wondering whether evangelicals in the public sphere have anything to offer besides interest group politics, read this book. The Dignity Revolution is a terrific introduction to thinking Christianly about pressing social issues of our day. Daniel Darling has found and illuminated the common denominator: our dignity as creatures who are fallen but still made in God's image.
If there’s a revolution I’d like to join, it’s this one! God calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves—and Dan Darling’s book will assist us in that commandment. The Dignity Revolution will equip, challenge, and inspire readers to see people as God does. Thank you, Dan, for writing this timeless and important book—may we all have ears to hear.

Author/Artist Review

Author: Daniel Darling
Located in: Nashville, TN
Submitted: September 03, 2018

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a pastor and author. I serve as the Vice-President of Communications for The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. I'm a regular contributor to several publications, including Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and In Touch. I also have a monthly column at Homelife Magazine and host a monthly podcast, The Way Home. I am happily married to Angela an we have four wonderful children.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I've always been intrigued by the way in which the Bible describes what it means to be human. Genesis 1 and 2 tell us that God sculped humans from the dust of the ground and breathed into us the breath of life. It also says we are made in God's image. What does this mean exactly and how should it change the way we think about ourselves and about the world? I wanted to explore that to help Christians in this age think well about the world.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope folks who read it come away with a new and fresh understanding of what it means to be made in the image of God and will be newly motivated to speak on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. The church is always at its best when she comes alongside the vulnerable, speaking about the good news of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection and when she gives the world a glimpse of the kingdom by caring for the least of these.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I've been personally challenged by the way I'm tempted in this age to do what the religious leaders in Jesus day did. When he said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our neighbors as ourselves, we often ask questions like: "Who is my neighbor?" This is not a question of curiosity, but a question seeking to find loopholes to love. Jesus then tells us, in his parable of The Good Samaritan, that our neighbor is that person we are most likely to ignore, most likely to dislike, and most likely to not see their humanity.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I've been influenced by a wide range of thinkers: John Kilner's excellent book, Dignity and Destiny, Gilbert Meilander's book, Neither God Nor Beast, Richard Lints' Identity and Idolatry and several other important works. I've also been influenced, ironically, by Dr. Suess. But you'll have to buy the book and see why!

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Understanding what it means to be human not only tells us how we should love our neighbors, but it also tells us how we should think about ourselves. We are image-bearers of the Creator who has not only made us with a purpose but has sent Jesus, who became fully human, to rescue our humanity and restore us to our image-bearing purposes. Jesus has finished what Adam couldn't fulfill. And this is good news for the world.

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