A Pauline Response to the Myth of the Autonomous, Normative Self

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Daniel Lioy


This essay presents a candid, objective distillation, synthesis, and meta-analysis of Trueman’s two recent works. In these treatises, he explains how the myth of the autonomous, normative self arose and became the catalyst for the sexual revolution. The essay first considers the dramatic transformation of the West’s understanding of the self. Second, the discourse explores the sexual revolution’s domination of the present-day cultural imagination. Third, the essay traces the historical trajectory of how the myth of the autonomous, normative self evolved. Fourth, the discourse details the consequences of the autonomous, normative self’s hegemony in the West. Fifth, and finally, the essay sets forth Paul’s indictment in Romans 1:18–32 of those who reject God, including its applicability to the myth of the autonomous, normative self. Despite often being idealized in the global North, it is a form of idolatry that the apostle condemns.


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Lioy, Daniel. “A Pauline Response to the Myth of the Autonomous, Normative Self”. Verba Vitae Journal 1, no. 1-2 (March 29, 2024): 53–65. Accessed June 24, 2024. https://verba-vitae.org/index.php/vvj/article/view/4.
Biblical Theology
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Daniel Lioy

Daniel Lioy is Professor of Biblical Studies, Christ School of Theology, Institute of Lutheran Theology. He holds the Ph.D. from North-West University (South Africa) and is theologian-in-residence at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (NALC) in Salem, Oregon. He is widely published, including scholarly monographs, journal articles, and church resource products.


Carl R. Trueman, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self (Wheaton: Crossway, 2020)

Carl R. Truman, Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution (Wheaton: Crossway, 2022)