What does it mean to become like God? Dr. Daniel Becerra says early Christians thought of that question in terms of the past, present, and future. Looking back they thought of Jesus bridging the gap between human and divine. In the future they looked forward to reunion with God in a glorified state. They also thought about how they could become like God in the present, through small acts of spiritual discipline that would help them develop a Christlike character. Becerra wrote the chapter, “Becoming Like God: Incarnation, Moral Formation, and Eternal Progression” in Ancient Christians: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints.
About the Guest
Daniel Becerra is an Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He received a PhD in religion (early Christianity) and an MA in religious studies from Duke University, a MTS in New Testament/early Christianity from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA in ancient Near Eastern studies from Brigham Young University.
About the Host
Blair Hodges earned a bachelor’s degree in communications (journalism) at the University of Utah and a master’s degree in religious studies at Georgetown University. He hosts Fireside with Blair Hodges and previously hosted the Maxwell Institute Podcast at Brigham Young University.