Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Philosophical Turn to Relationality

Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Philosophical Turn to Relationality

Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Philosophical Turn to Relationality

Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Philosophical Turn to Relationality

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I had originally intended to write a single book that would explore the implications of the turn to relationality in philosophy and science for both the Christian doctrine of anthropology and the doctrine of God. The reciprocal relation between our ideas of God and our selfunderstanding naturally suggested such a course. However, these themes shape not only each other but every Christian doctrine; as a result, I found myself pulled toward the implications of late modern relational categories for Christology, Pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and just about everything else. Finally, I decided to limit myself in this book by focusing on the traditional loci of theological anthropology (human nature, sin, imago Dei), observing the transversal hermeneutical interplay across various Christian doctrines and identifying the most promising directions for reforming the presentation of these themes in dialogue with contemporary culture. Anthropology provides a heuristic lens and hermeneutical horizon for other doctrines, and vice versa; the following chapters often make explicit this reciprocity. Because a full constructive proposal for theological anthropology would have to include a treatment of all these interrelations, I have limited myself in Reforming Theological Anthropology to a programmatic outline of the most promising opportunities for reconstructing the doctrines of human nature, sin, and the image of God in light of the challenges of late modernity.

The reformative impetus and thematic organization of the chapters are explained in the Introduction, but it will be helpful here to note the relation of this book to other works, some of which resulted from the dissection of my original intention and others that are still in . . .

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