Editorial

Lael Caesar

is an associate editor of Adventist Review.

​Identity

God alone knows who we really are. We do not, Alexander Pope insists, despite our powers of reason: “The merchant’s toil, the sage’s indolence, the monk’s humility, the hero’s pride, all, all alike, find reason on their side” (Essay on Man). We constantly imbibe our own optimistic concoctions of identity: our conceit shows both care and consistency.

But human imprecisions about identity do not issue from self-deception alone. Steve Carter’s identity crisis was the fault of his mother. And his adoring adoptive parents. And “the system” that proved inadequate after his mother disappeared forever from his father and the world, …

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