Eccentric identity

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An idea borrowed by Arthur McGill and David Kelsey and expounded upon by Richard Beck in his book The Slavery of Death.

[I discuss] how an eccentric identity can emancipate us from our slavery to the fear of death, a fear which functions as the power of the devil in our lives (Hebrews 2.14-15).

The key idea behind an eccentric identity is coming to receive your life (and the things in your life) as gift. The experience of gift, cultivated through the practices of doxological gratitude, reduces both our basic and neurotic experiences of anxiety and scarcity, our worries about having enough (basic anxiety) and being enough (neurotic anxiety).

- Richard Beck, Eucharistic Identity