Redeeming Human Identity: Exploring the Intersection of Scripture, AI, Biotechnology, Gender and Human Sexuality with Dr. Carmen Imes & Dr. Matthew Niermann

“What does it mean to be human?” 

This is a defining question for younger generations. In this episode of the Lausanne Movement Podcast, we explore this crucial topic in light of shifting global perspectives on AI, biotechnology, gender, and sexuality.

We are joined by guests:

  • Dr. Matthew Niermann: Shares insights from the State of The Great Commission Report on global trends in understanding humanness.
  • Dr. Carmen Imes: Associate professor of Old Testament at Biola University, discusses the biblical view of human identity and its emphasis on inherent dignity and worth.

Key discussion points:

  • How are advancements in AI and biotechnology challenging traditional notions of humanness?
  • How are shifting perspectives on gender and sexuality impacting our understanding of identity?
  • What opportunities and challenges do these changes present for the Church?
  • How can the biblical understanding of humanness guide our approach to these innovations?

Listen in to hear how the Church can reclaim its voice and offer authentic hope in a world desperately searching for meaning.

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Guests in This Episode

Dr. Carmen Imes

Dr. Carmen Imes is deeply committed to engaging students and laypeople with the Old Testament, unveiling its significance for Christian identity and mission. She is renowned for her influential books, “Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters” (IVP, 2019) and “Being God’s Image: Why Creation Still Matters” (IVP, 2023). A respected voice in Christian media, Dr. Imes has been featured in over 100 podcasts and radio shows, and she regularly shares insights through her “Torah Tuesday” videos on YouTube. Her contributions to “Christianity Today,” “Politics of Theology,” and “The Well” (InterVarsity) reflect her thoughtful engagement with contemporary theological issues.

As a sought-after speaker, Dr. Imes frequently addresses audiences at churches, conferences, and retreats, offering fresh perspectives on biblical texts. Prior to joining Biola University in 2021, she imparted her expertise as a professor of Old Testament at Prairie College, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Imes’ academic pursuits were inspired by her missionary work in the Philippines alongside her husband, under SIM International, where they served ethnic minority communities. Passionate about bridging cultural divides, she delights in introducing students to the richness of the global church.

Matthew Niermann

Matthew Niermann has served the Lausanne Movement since 2010 in a variety of roles including research and operations. He is currently serving as the director of the State of the Great Commission Report for Lausanne 4. In addition, he serves as a dean and professor of architectural design at California Baptist University, where his research partially focuses on the relationship between creativity and Christian witness.

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