Academic journal article Theological Studies

Questioning the Human: Toward a Theological Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Questioning the Human: Toward a Theological Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century

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Questioning the Human: Toward a Theological Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Lieven Boeve, Yves De Maeseneer, and Ellen Van Stichel. New York: Fordham University, 2014. Pp. vi + 254. $24.

This collection of essays grew out of a 2011 conference inaugurating the Anthropos seminar at the Catholic University of Leuven. The seminar provides a platform for systematic theologians and ethicists to explore issues in theological anthropology in dialogue with philosophy and the natural and social sciences. The range of issues about the human raised in contemporary cultures, the sciences, and philosophy is admittedly broad, and the ten authors in the volume are careful not to overextend themselves. The essays are grouped under three headings: "Human Nature and Science" (where issues of human "nature" and the natural law are discussed); "Christ and the Disputed Self' (taking up issues from neuroscience, Charles Taylor's concept of the "buffered self," and the self in the philosophies of Derrida and Marion); and "Relating in a Fallen World" (relationality of the body, issues on a variety of feminisms, racism, public theology, and Girard's theory of mimetic desire as a way of understanding original sin and social violence). …

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