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Identity and the Worship of Self

Matthew Roberts
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This product is due for release in March 2023


 A study of identity politics through a biblical lens, looking at idolatry of the self and the elevations of sexual identity.


Our culture is obsessed with identity and it has been the cause of tense interaction with (and within) the Church. Rather than being a new challenge to the Christian faith, however, the identity issue is a very old one; it is fundamentally one of idolatry. Who we are, who we think we are, and how God in Christ restores our knowledge of ourselves in covenant with him, are central Biblical themes. But these things will only appear with clarity if we have the courage to tackle the idolatries of our own age at the root, and stand true to our calling as Christians to worship God and him alone.

Matthew P. W. Roberts

About Matthew P. W. Roberts

Matthew Roberts is the minister of Trinity Church York, England, a congregation of the International Presbyterian Church. He has a PhD in Systematic Theology from Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, USA, and has served as Moderator of Synod and Chair of Church Planting for the IPC. He is married to Kate and they have three teenage children.


  • Author: Matthew Roberts
  • Release Date: March 2023
  • Pages: 224
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527109391
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Christian Life > Spiritual Growth


In a therapeutic culture, many insist that the fulfilment of personal desire is the key to being truly human. Discovering our ‘authentic self’ is the supreme goal. When we define right and wrong for ourselves, many conclude that what the Bible calls evil is good, and vice versa. 

At a time when our liberty to proclaim the Gospel in the West is under increasing attack, Matthew Roberts provides a powerful critique of current thinking. He shows that genuine liberation only comes when we understand who we really are: human beings: created by God, in His image, with unique dignity. This is a timely and important book.

Sharon James, Social Policy Analyst, The Christian Institute

In a world gone dark, the Bible is a lamp and a light; and Roberts is an able guide through the fraught issues of identity and self today as he faithfully holds forth God’s design in his Word for all to find the path to life and godliness.

Colin Smothers,
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