Questioning the Human: Toward a Theological Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century by Yves De MaeseneerQuestioning the Human: Toward a Theological Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century by Yves De Maeseneer

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

byYves De Maeseneer, Ellen Van StichelEditorLieven Boeve

Paperback | August 15, 2014

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Theological anthropology is being put to the test: in the face of contemporary developments in the spheres of culture, politics, and science, traditional perspectives on the human person are no longer adequate. Yet can theological anthropology move beyond its previously established categories and renew itself in relation to contemporary insights? The present collection of essays sets out to answer this question. Uniting Roman Catholic theologians from across the globe, it tackles from a theological perspective challenges related to the classical natural law tradition (part 1), to the modern conception of the subject (part 2), and to the postmodern awareness of diversity in a globalizing context (part 3). Its contributors share a fundamental methodological choice of a critical-constructive dialogue with contemporary culture, science, and philosophy.

This collection integrates a wider range of approaches than one usually finds in theological volumes, bringing together experts in systematic theology and in theological ethics. Authors come from different American contexts, including Black and Latino, and from a European context that include both French and German. Moreover, the interdisciplinary insights upon which the different contributions draw stem from both the natural sciences (such as neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and ethology) and the humanities (such as cultural studies, philosophy, and hermeneutics).

This volume will be essential reading for anyone seeking a state-of-the-art account of theological anthropology, of the uncertainties it is facing, and of the responses it is in the process of formulating. The shared Roman Catholic background of the authors of this collection makes this volume a helpful complement to recent publications that predominantly represent views from other theological traditions.

Lieven Boeve is Professor of Fundamental Theology and Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the author of Interrupting Tradition. An Essay on Christian Faith in a Postmodern Context (LPTM, 30), Leuven: Peeters / Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003, and God Interrupts History...
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Title:Questioning the Human: Toward a Theological Anthropology for the Twenty-First CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.01 inPublished:August 15, 2014Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823257533

ISBN - 13:9780823257539

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In Questioning the Human, international known scholars explore crucial issues on the relation of human nature to sciences, ethics, and morality in a way that clearly shows how contemporary thought reflects on the human self and the human body in a world that is both diverse and commodified. These essays explore central questions that a Twenty-First Century theological anthropology needs to take into account. An exciting, probing, and informative volume.