The Unity of the Human Person According to the Greek Fathers

Kallistos Ware begins his discussion of human personhood by referring to David Jenkins, who was the Bishop of Durham at the time, who insisted that personhood cannot be defined. According to Jenkins, “There is a sense in which we do not know what is involved in being a person. Thus, we do not know howContinue reading “The Unity of the Human Person According to the Greek Fathers”

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What is the “Image of God?”

In the last few blog posts I shared a bit about how to approach the “image of God” and some of the shared assumptions most theologians have about the doctrine. Now we can finally turn our attention to the meaning of the “image of God” in contemporary theology. This term’s meaning typically falls into oneContinue reading “What is the “Image of God?””

Six Assumptions About The Meaning of the “Imago Dei”

Although there is deep disagreement concerning what being made in the image of God means, most theologians share a common set of assumptions regarding the doctrine. Let me share a few – specifically six – of those assumptions with you. Most theologians agree that the terms in Genesis 1, selem and demut, connote reflection andContinue reading “Six Assumptions About The Meaning of the “Imago Dei””

What’s The Proper Starting Point for Our Theology of the Image of God?

Where do we begin when reflecting upon what it means to be made in the image of God? First, this question assumes that we ought to even reflect upon this question. David Kelsey questions this assumption. He rightly points out that the doctrine is rarely explicitly stated in the Old Testament. In fact, it appears,Continue reading “What’s The Proper Starting Point for Our Theology of the Image of God?”

LATC 2018 – Adam and Christ: Human Solidarity Before God

The following are notes from Frances Young’s plenary talk. Slime Mold Japanese Scientist “trained” them to make their way through a maze A self-organizing organism that is greater than the sum of its parts Emergence & feedback mechanisms – do we need to reimagine ourselves as constituting an organism that is greater than the sumContinue reading “LATC 2018 – Adam and Christ: Human Solidarity Before God”

LATC 2018 – Nature, Grace, and the Christological Ground of Humanity

Rought notes on Marc Cortez’s LATC 2018 Plenary Talk Christology as basis for establishing anthropology Hedgie the Hedgehog Why should Hedgie be seen as paradigmatic? Establishing that JC is perfect human – how can we make the jump to making claims about true humanity…. Irenaeus as a conversation partner for thinking why JC should beContinue reading “LATC 2018 – Nature, Grace, and the Christological Ground of Humanity”

STANLEY GRENZ’S THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY – A CRITIQUE (PT. 4)

This is the final part of a short series in which I look at Stanley Grenz’s theological anthropology as it can be found in “The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei.” From our brief survey of Grenz’s method and content it is quite clear that Grenz has attemptedContinue reading “STANLEY GRENZ’S THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY – A CRITIQUE (PT. 4)”

Stanley Grenz’s Theological Anthropology – An Overview (Pt. 3)

This is part three of a short series in which I look at Stanley Grenz’s theological anthropology as it can be found in “The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei.” Having provided a brief overview of Grenz’s methodological commitments we are now in a position to provide aContinue reading “Stanley Grenz’s Theological Anthropology – An Overview (Pt. 3)”

Neuroscience and the Soul

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought brought together a number of philosophers, theologians, and scientists to discuss the relationship between traditional views of the mind and body in light of the contemporary findings of neuroscience. Neuroscience and the Soul: The Human Person in Philosophy, Science, and Theology (2016) represents theContinue reading “Neuroscience and the Soul”

Review of Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective by Mark Cortez

Cortez, Mark. Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to Theological Anthropology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016, pp. 272, $27.99, paperback. Marc Cortez is currently associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. His prior works include Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark, 2010) and Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies: An ExerciseContinue reading “Review of Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective by Mark Cortez”