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Inner AnimalitiesTheology and the End of the Human$
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Eric Daryl Meyer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823280148

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823280148.001.0001

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The Problem of Human Animality in Contemporary Theological Anthropology

The Problem of Human Animality in Contemporary Theological Anthropology

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Inner Animalities

Eric Daryl Meyer

Fordham University Press

After demonstrating the tensions and contradictions that surround the problem of human animality in fourth-century theological anthropology, this chapter demonstrates that although twentieth century theological anthropology utilizes a different vocabulary, it is nevertheless structured around the same basic conceptual problem—and is no less conflicted than its ancient counterpart. A survey of eleven theologians demonstrates a rough consensus around the idea that a fundamental “openness to God” distinguishes human beings from other animals categorically. Subsequently, the chapter analyzes the work of Karl Rahner and Wolfhart Pannenberg to demonstrate the particular tensions and contradictions that human animality generates in contemporary theological anthropology.

Keywords:   Balthasar, Hans Urs von, Barth, Karl, Kelsey, David, Pannenberg, Wolfhart, Rahner, Karl, Ruether, Rosemary Radford, Tanner, Kathryn, Tillich, Paul, Theological Anthropology

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