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
Ross offers a succinct past-to-present account of theological responses to the question of what it means to be a human being and the implications of those responses for contemporary ethics. . . . Although primarily theological, the biggest strength of this book is its historical breadth and its deft integration of multiple disciplinary interlocutors, including philosophy, psychoanalysis, social theory, and bioethics, among others.
Jeanine Viau, Religious Studies Review