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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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Neuroscience, Self, and Jesus Christ

Neuroscience, Self, and Jesus Christ

(p.79) Chapter 5 Neuroscience, Self, and Jesus Christ
Questioning the Human

Oliver Davies

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Oliver Davies offers, first, a schematic overview of three major historical periods, with a view to illustrating how developments in science and technology influenced the development of the rationality of theology. For theological anthropology and Christology, a highly significant shift is located in the understanding of the relationships between mind and body and between self and world. More specifically, this chapter focuses on the elements of the human (ethical/Christian) act, in dialogue with recent neuroscientific insights into how our cognition of other persons works. Cognition of the other—and the eventual act that is chosen in this encounter—is a matter of thoroughly embodied processes. Davies in his rich, multilayered analysis offers a new understanding of the human self as much more complex, interdependent, and vulnerable than modern philosophy and theology were able to acknowledge. This renewed, scientifically informed anthropology is an opportunity to retrieve natural law (as an embodied form of universality), the imago Dei, and the transforming power of Christ and the Spirit at work in Church and society.

Keywords:   Christology, Neuroscience, Human act, Cognition, Christ’s transformative power, Vulnerability

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