A Theology of Faces—Joshua Farris on the costs of masking

Updated: Feb 25

"Wear a mask, love your neighbor." Of course. But what are the costs of our new normal? We sometimes hear about health costs and social costs, but this article by Joshua Farris examines the theological costs.

Farris points out that little theologising about faces has been done outside of Roman Catholicism, so he pulls from Catholic theologians and mines the Scriptures for some notes on this neglected aspect of our humanity. A key text comes from 2 Corinthians:

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

The final purpose of humanity is beholding the face of God in Jesus Christ. "But to hide the face is considered in Scripture to be a form of disguise after the Fall," Farris writes. "It undermines the purpose of which faces are intended."

Read "A Theology of Faces: Notes on the Costs of Masking" at Mere Orthodoxy. For more from Joshua Farris, check out this review of his new book on what it means to be human.

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