I have to begin with a reference to the recent debate about whether the BeReal app is truly a fight-back against the best-self-promotion of other social media apps, or just a means of curating a deeper level of fake authenticity. I would suggest that it is the need to be seen by others that undermines the very idea of presenting 'authenticity' via an app. The idea of the 'authentic self' was a Romantic-era reaction against the prevailing culture that insisted every individual should accept the restrictive rules and stereotypes imposed by society, culture, family, religion, gender and wealth. So my understanding of authenticity has to be filtered through my primary identity as one who has been redeemed and called to follow Jesus. It includes the willingness to be vulnerable, transparent and real. Also truthful, forthright and sincere.