This course will examine the possibility and meaning of the idea of Christian humanism by reflecting on the basic dimensions of human existence and asking what light the person of Jesus Christ sheds on this reality.
The Christian gospel offers a particular and inspiring vision of the human person. This vision is grounded upon the person and work of Jesus Christ and is enlivened by the gift of the Spirit. The purpose of Christian theological anthropology is to explore the mystery of the human person in light of this divine self-communication through Christ and the Spirit. It seeks to convey what it means to be a Christian humanist, a notion that can perplex a contemporary audience that often sets in opposition the terms “Christian” and “humanist,” and increasingly turns to the natural sciences for guidance on what it means to be human. In contrast to the contemporary, culturally influential scientism, Christian philosophical reflection understands inquiry into religion and the humanum to be mutually beneficial. Christian theological anthropology, moreover, believes them to be intimately united.
Seminary: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Keywords: Evolution, neuroscience, physics, Anthropology, theological anthropology, brain and mind