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Questioning the HumanToward a Theological Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century$
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Lieven Boeve, Yves De Maeseneer, and Ellen Van Stichel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257522

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257522.001.0001

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Theological Anthropology, Science, And Human Flourishing

Theological Anthropology, Science, And Human Flourishing

(p.13) Chapter 1 Theological Anthropology, Science, And Human Flourishing
Questioning the Human

Stephen J. Pope

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Theological ethicist Stephen J. Pope investigates the possibility of retaining a core affirmation communicated in the old language of imago Dei and natural law—namely, the notion of a universal morality—while giving full credit to evolutionary theory’s insights into humanity. After introducing Thomas’s traditional interpretation and current Church teachings on evolution, Pope compares recent publications by two prominent moral theologians. Lisa S. Cahill, offering an account of the relationship between imago Dei and natural law, arrives at an inclusive, universal ethic that promotes an equal right to access the conditions necessary for human flourishing, while Jack Mahoney associates the concept of Imago Dei with our capacity for altruism, which could be traced back to evolution theory itself. Pope shows how the authors connect an evolutionary perspective on human nature with a reinterpretation of theological anthropology—two distinct approaches to evolutionary theism.

Keywords:   Natural Law, Universal morality, Imago Dei, Evolutionary theism, Jack Mahoney, Lisa S. Cahill

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