The touch of humility: An invitation to creatureliness


Journal Article

Humility has been much maligned and misunderstood in recent thought. An authentic sense of humility, however, is borne out of a deep appreciation for human creatureliness, and is concretely worked out in the grateful acceptance of our interdependent need. The phenomenological studies of Jean-Louis Chrétien, particularly his analyses of touch and the “call-response” structure to human life, are enlisted to show our true life as lived in humble reception and responsible engagement with the gifts of God. Far from being a debasement of humanity, humility—which finds its practical patterns in the divine life—is the core of our identity and vocation. © 2008 The Author.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wirzba, N

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 225 - 244

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-0025

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0266-7177

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1468-0025.2007.00443.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus