Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty

Overview

Drawing on the wisdom and teaching experience of highly respected theologians, the Engaging Theology series builds a firm foundation for graduate study and other ministry formation programs. Each of the six volumes-Scripture, Jesus, God, Discipleship, Anthropology, and Church-is concerned with retrieving, carefully evaluating, and constructively interpreting the Christian tradition. Comprehensive in scope and accessibly written, these volumes, used together or independently, will stimulate rich theological ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $10.91   
  • New (5) from $12.07   
  • Used (7) from $10.91   
Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.49
BN.com price
(Save 41%)$17.99 List Price

Overview

Drawing on the wisdom and teaching experience of highly respected theologians, the Engaging Theology series builds a firm foundation for graduate study and other ministry formation programs. Each of the six volumes-Scripture, Jesus, God, Discipleship, Anthropology, and Church-is concerned with retrieving, carefully evaluating, and constructively interpreting the Christian tradition. Comprehensive in scope and accessibly written, these volumes, used together or independently, will stimulate rich theological reflection and discussion. More important, the series will create and sustain the passion of the next generation of theologians and church leaders.

What does it mean to be human in the twenty-first century? Susan Ross explores this question through the lens of human desires: for God, freedom, knowledge, love, and pleasure, but also for power, consumer goods, self-gratification, and money. Beginning with biblical narratives of human desires, she goes on to consider how ancient, medieval, and modern thinkers have wrestled with the various ways that human beings have sought fulfillment in the world and in God.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

What stands out in this fantastic introductory volume to theological anthropology is the myriad of voices that Ross effectively encompasses in her narrative, including Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Lonergan, Rahner, Schillebeeckx, and David Tracy. [This book] is highly recommended as an introductory volume to theological anthropology, and appropriate as source material for an undergraduate course regarding anthropology or moral theology. It is well-written, concise, and adequately sourced.
Robert P. Russo, Lourdes University

Professor Ross deftly weaves wisdom from classical Christian sources together with insights from contemporary thinkers to form a tapestry that inspires us to think courageously about what it means to be a human being today. Her commitment to the values of truth and justice is evident throughout, and so are her wide-ranging knowledge, her profound Catholic faith, her esteem for science and the arts, and her engaging style of presentation. This is a splendid text, designed to appeal to a wide range of readers!
Anne E. Patrick, William H. Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts, emerita, Carleton College

Embracing challenges that emerge from modern and postmodern culture, gender studies, the natural and human sciences, studies of trauma and violence, and technology, Ross remains convinced that the Christian tradition has wisdom to offer to all those who continue to ponder the meaning of being human. With clarity and grace, she offers a splendid overview of theological anthropology and its contemporary challenges. Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty is an invitation to join in a lively conversation about the future of humankind in relation to God and to all of creation.
Mary Catherine Hilkert, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814659946
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Series: Engaging Theology
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 711,404
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan A. Ross is a professor and chair of the theology department at Loyola University Chicago. She is a vice-president and member of the Board of Editors of Concilium, the international theological journal. She is the author of Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology (1998) and For the Beauty of the Earth: Women, Sacramentality, and Justice (2006).
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Ancient Resources on Being Human 1

Biblical Resources 1

Interpreting the Bible 1

Some Biblical Narratives 4

Jesus as Exemplar 9

Paul 12

Early Christianity on Being Human 13

Gnosticism, Irenaeus, and Early Christian Martyrs 14

Asceticism 16

Platonism and Origen 19

Augustine 20

Conclusion 24

Chapter 2 Resources from the Medieval and Reformation Periods 27

Medieval Thought 27

Monasticism and Learning 27

Monasticism and Living One's Faith 32

The Desire for God 33

Scholasticism and Thomas Aquinas 36

The Reformation 39

Martin Luther 40

John Calvin 42

The Council of Trent 44

Women in the Reformation 45

Conclusion 46

Chapter 3 Resources from Modernity 47

The Desire for Knowledge 48

Descartes 49

Hume and Kant 51

Nineteenth-Century Developments 53

The Desire for Freedom 56

Slaves, Women, and Personhood 57

The "Masters of Suspicion" 61

Karl Marx 61

Sigmund Freud 62

Conclusion / Twentieth-Century Issues 65

Chapter 4 Christian Selfhood and Postmodernity 67

Characteristics of Postmodern Selfhood 69

Fragmentation and Plurality 69

Social and Historical Relativity 70

The Linguistic Turn 71

Otherness 72

Ambiguity 74

Christian Theological Engagement with Postmodernity 75

Edward Schillebeeckx and "Anthropological Constants" 76

Jan-Olav Henriksen and the Other 78

Karl Rahner and the Desire for God 81

Concluding Reflections on the Postmodern Self 83

Chapter 5 The Beauty of Embodiment: Body and Sexuality 85

The Body 87

Sex 94

Sex and Traditional Catholic Theology 94

Sexuality and Contemporary Theological Anthropology 98

The Theology of the Body 99

Margaret Farley and "Just Love" 102

Sex and Sexual Variation 104

Conclusion 104

Chapter 6 The Human Capacity for Evil and the Hope for Salvation 109

The Human Capacity for and Propensity to Evil 111

Human Beings, the Sciences, and Evil 112

René Girard's Theory of Violence and Mimetic Desire 114

Understanding the Perpetrators of Evil 116

Victims of Evil 123

Trauma Victims 124

Social Trauma 127

Witnesses to Evil 130

Chapter 7 Theology, Science, and Human Personhood 133

What Makes Us the Imago Dei? 135

Animals and Human Beings 139

Human Beings and the World around Us 141

Neuroscience and the Human 144

Technology, Medicine, and the Human Person 148

Conclusion 152

Conclusion: Seeking Light and Beauty 155

Index 163

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)