On Being Human: Essays in Theological Anthropology

Overview

• What does it mean to be human?
• How does a right understanding of personhood affect decisions on critical life situations?
• What implications does a biblical perspective on personhood have for the pastoral ministry of healing and hope?

In answering these questions, Ray S. Anderson focused on the person as determined by and sustained by the creative power of God. He explored the the implications of a biblical understanding of personhood for such critical issues as human sexuality, family relationships, ...

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Overview

• What does it mean to be human?
• How does a right understanding of personhood affect decisions on critical life situations?
• What implications does a biblical perspective on personhood have for the pastoral ministry of healing and hope?

In answering these questions, Ray S. Anderson focused on the person as determined by and sustained by the creative power of God. He explored the the implications of a biblical understanding of personhood for such critical issues as human sexuality, family relationships, abortion, and death. He broke new ground in relating pastoral care and counseling to contemporary issues which challenge Christians and their understanding of the meaning of human life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608999743
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Series: The Ray S. Anderson Collection Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

RAY S. ANDERSON (1925-2009) was Senior Professor of Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary where he has taught for more than thirty years. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including, The Seasons of Hope, Marriage and Family Ministry in a Postmodern Culture, The Soul of Ministry, Ministry on the Fireline, and The Shape of Practical Theology.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part 1 The Form of the Human

1 Toward a Theological Anthropology 3

2 Humanity as Creatureliness 20

3 Humanity as Determined by the Word of God 33

4 Humanity as Determined by the Other 44

5 Humanity as Self-Determined 55

Part 2 Being Human

6 Being Human - In the Image of God 69

7 Being Human - In Contradiction and in Hope 88

8 Being Human - As Male and Female 104

9 Being Human - In Life and in Death 130

10 Being Human - In Fear and Trembling 146

Part 3 Personhood as Actuality and Possibility

11 A Theological Paradigm for Authentic Personhood 161

12 A Liturgical Paradigm for Authentic Personhood 179

13 A Theological Perspective on the Cure of Souls 194

Appendix A Body, Soul, Spirit 207

Appendix B Imago Dei 215

Bibliography 227

Index of Subjects 229

Index of Names 233

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