Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to Theological Anthropology by Marc CortezChristological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to Theological Anthropology by Marc Cortez

Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to…

byMarc Cortez

Paperback | February 2, 2016

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What does it mean to be “truly human?” In Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective, Marc Cortez looks at the ways several key theologians—Gregory of Nyssa, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, John Zizioulas, and James Cone—have used Christology to inform their understanding of the human person. Based on this historical study, he concludes with a constructive proposal for how Christology and anthropology should work together to inform our view of what it means to be human.


Many theologians begin their discussion of the human person by claiming that in some way Jesus Christ reveals what it means to be “truly human,” but this often has little impact in the material presentation of their anthropology. Although modern theologians often fail to reflect robustly on the relationship between Christology and anthropology, this was not the case throughout church history. In this book, examine seven key theologians and discover their important contributions to theological anthropology.

Marc Cortez (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is author of Theological Anthropology and Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies and has published articles in academic journals such as International Journal of Systematic Theology, Scottish Journal of Theology, and Westmins...
Title:Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310516412

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Table of Contents

Part One: An Empty Cipher1. The Glory of Christ, the Image of God, and the Christological Orientation of Theological AnthropologyPart Two: Centered on Christ through the Centuries2. What is a 'Will'?: Maximus' Cosmological Christology and Human Volitionality3. Prototype, Archetype, and Gender-type: Gregory of Nyssa and the Christological (De)gendering of the Human Person 4. Cross-Centered Vocation: The Theology of the Cross in Luther's Theological Anthropology5. Consciousness of God, Awareness of Self: Schleiermacher's Reconstruction of the imitatio Christi6. Summoned into Being: Body, Soul, and Eternal Election in Barth's Theology 7. Person, Persons, and Personhood: Zizioulas and the Ecclesial Nature of Humanity8. The Black Christ: James Cone and the Race-ing of the Human PersonPart Three: Tentative Steps Forward9. Reforming Our Anthropological Vision: Some Concluding Thoughts on the Shape of a Christ-Centered Theological Anthropology

Editorial Reviews

At different periods in Christian history, different doctrines have ascended to the center of theological debate. I believe that in the early decades of the twenty-first century, the doctrine of humanity seems to be near the epicenter. I'm grateful to Marc Cortez for this helpful, judicious survey of how different theologians have grounded their anthropology in their understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective is a welcome contribution to ongoing discussions of human nature. As in so many doctrinal discussions, we need to look to the past for wisdom for the present and future. Cortez helps us to do just that in this timely book. Highly recommended. -- Nathan A. Finn, Dean of the School of Theology and Missions, Professor of Christian Thought, Union University