Anthropology in theological perspective /
Wolfhart Pannenberg ; translated by Matthew J. O'Connell.
1st ed.
Philadelphia : Westminster Press, c1985.
552 p. ; 24 cm.
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Philadelphia : Westminster Press, c1985.
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Translation of: Anthropologie in theologischer Perspektive.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1985-12:
Pannenberg's latest contribution to contemporary theology is nothing short of monumental and establishes him-already eminent in the field of theological anthropology-as peerless in the area this work addresses. It is not a systematic-theological, but a fundamental-theological anthropology. Its starting point is not dogmatic data or presuppositions founded on revelation but scientific observations of human beings, with a view to laying theological claim to the phenomena described in biology, psychology, cultural anthropology, and sociology. Pannenberg treats his material in three major divisions, beginning from the most particular and basic biological observations of the individual human subject, progressing to the person as a social being, and ending with the person as builder of culture. In the process he argues critically (to a fault) and compellingly that only a transcendent identity (the spirit) can and does found the human being as historical, ``exocentric,'' (p. 37 and passim), and ecstatic. The argument of his work will be most accessible to scholars of post-Englightenment thought, but even these will need Teutonic persistence to stay to the end. One should not ask for a longer work, but many readers will be disappointed in the paltry space devoted to a specifically Christian assessment of the data, while excessive space is given to tedious commentary on previous scholarship. Name, subject, and scripture indexes. No bibliography, but references abound in the extravagant notes. The translation is both accurate and literate. The printing is of high quality, the binding is not. Absence of this book from research libraries should be unforgivable.-D.G. Schultenover, Creighton University
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Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. 9
Introduction: Theology and Anthropologyp. 11
The Person in Nature
The Uniqueness of Humanityp. 27
The Behaviorist Approach and Its Criticsp. 28
Is the Structure of Behavior Peculiar to the Species?p. 31
Philosophical Anthropologyp. 34
Openness to the World and Image of Godp. 43
Herder as the Point of Departure for Modern Philosophical Anthropologyp. 43
Herder's Relation to the Traditional Conception of the Image of God in Humanityp. 47
The Significance of Herder's Thought for Contemporary Philosophical Anthropologyp. 60
Relation to the World as Expression of the Image of Godp. 74
Centrality and Sinp. 80
Brokenness and Distortion of Human Identityp. 80
Egoism and the Failure of Selfhoodp. 87
Human Nature, Sin, and Freedomp. 104
The Universality of Sin: The First Sin, Original (Inherited) Sin, Deathp. 119
Sin and Wickednessp. 142
The Human Person as a Social Being
Subjectivity and Societyp. 157
Self-Consciousness and Socialityp. 157
The Independence of the Individual in Societyp. 165
The Constitution of the Ego by Its Relation to the Thoup. 179
G. H. Mead's Theory of the Selfp. 185
The Problem of Identityp. 191
The Ego and the Process of Identity Formation According to Psychoanalysisp. 191
The Ego and the Selfp. 200
Personality and Its Religious Dimensionp. 224
Identity and Nonidentity as a Theme of the Affective Lifep. 243
Feeling, Its Moods and Passionsp. 244
Alienation and Sinp. 265
Guilt and Consciousness of Guiltp. 285
Conscience, Self-Consciousness, Consciousness of Meaningp. 293
The Shared World
Foundations of Culturep. 315
Aporias in the Concept of Culturep. 315
Freedom in Playp. 322
Language as Medium of the Spiritp. 339
The Cultural Meaning of Social Institutionsp. 397
The Concept of Social Institutionp. 398
Property, Work, and Economyp. 416
Sexuality, Marriage, and Familyp. 427
Political Order, Justice, and Religionp. 444
Religion in the Cultural Systemp. 473
Human Beings and Historyp. 485
Historicity and Human Naturep. 487
History as a Process of Subject Formationp. 502
History and Spiritp. 515
Index of Scriptural Referencesp. 533
Index of Namesp. 536
Index of Subjectsp. 546
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