San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
One of the ironies noted by Christopher Lasch in his book, The Culture of Narcissism, are the ways in which our lives and identities actually diminish by an over seeking of self-fulfillment and self-love. Our culture of narcissism presents significant challenges to the kind of love commanded in Scripture: a love of God, and a love of neighbor as our self (Matt 23:36-40).
These loves involve sacrifices of various kinds, such as God’s sacrificial love for us in Christ, and our love for others as a form of Christ’s sacrificial love.
How does this kind of sacrificial love relate to a love for one’s self? Are we commanded by Jesus to love ourselves or to sacrifice ourselves for others? Don’t we already love ourselves enough in a culture of narcissism? What is appropriate self-love in a culture of narcissism?
We will explore some of these questions together as we seek to faithfully embody Christ's mission and love in the world.
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR
Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, PhD
Professor of Ethics and Theology
Dr. Corbin Reuschling fosters a true sense of collaborative learning in the classroom. She is dedicated to making sure that theology is not merely an academic exercise but takes into account the lives of real Christians, in real communities, struggling with real issues. Her high energy, love of students, and passion for God's kingdom combine to create a passionate professor who desires real world impact for followers of Jesus.
When questioned about the most profound impacts upon her spiritual life, Dr. Corbin Reuschling is quick to credit her grandmother Edna's influence. She also cites her year abroad in college as a spiritual rebirth. That year was spent at the University of Lancaster in England, where she was involved in a Christian organization on campus, as well as in a local church called St. Thomas. Finally, her time as a missionary in Japan, from 1984-1988, completely reoriented Dr. Corbin Reuschling's understanding of Christian community and God's work in the world.
Dr. Corbin Reuschling is actively involved at her home church, is an avid reader of historical novels, and enjoys forays to art museums and musical performances. She also loves any chance to gather with extended family for a visit. She is a beach aficionado and loves to travel and explore cities with her husband, Mike, who is also a professor at ATS.