The concept of authenticity in existentialism philosophy emphasizes that an individual to create an idea and meaning of living and then live according to this self- creation but not according to what others have created or requires one to live. Authenticity basically emphasizes the notion of being one and not what the genes or society expect or command (Weston, 2011).
Existentialism from a Christian perspective can be examined on two fronts. One is where God made man in his own image and instilled human nature in him which therefore means that all human beings have an aspect of similarity and hence the issues of freedom and authenticity as described by existentialists is not fully possible in individuals. There is also the other which is widely favored by the Christian existentialists where God and even more so Jesus Christ advocates for an individual knowing oneself first and loving oneself before transferring the same to others. The first front is not used because of existentialism advocates for people disregarding being swayed in decision making by supernatural beings or even historical aspects and happenings and focusing solely on oneself. . Analysis of Existentialism.
Geisler, N. (2010). Christian Ethics: Contemporary Issues and Options. Michigan: Baker Academic.
Weston, A. (2011). A Practical Companion to Ethics. New York: Oxford University Press.
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