On Christology, Anthropology, Cognitive Science and the Human Body
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 152
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
This book reads texts of Augustine on the topic of the human body in the context of contemporary debates in philosophical theology and relevant authors from the cognitive science of religion. Martin Claes focuses particularly on Augustine’s special position in the intellectual discourses of Western philosophy (free will, theodicy), theology (grace, incarnation) and humanities (anthropology, political sciences, law), arguing that his written work is an excellent point of departure for a multidimensional scholarly approach. The reading in this book shows that a different picture emerges if we make the effort to situate Augustine’s mature anthropology within contemporary debates in philosophical theology and cognitive science of religion. Omnipotence, vulnerability, suffering but also purification and perfection are discussed in dialogue between patristic and philosophical theology; the human offers the clue to concepts of unity in diversity in Christ.
Combining scholarly rigour with pastoral concern, this work stands as a valuable contribution to the study of Augustine's Christology, anthropology, and scriptural exegesis. It admirably opens the door to further productive dialogue between patristic theology, philosophical theology, and cognitive science of religion. -- Matthew W. Knotts, Loyola Academy, USA This fascinating book wrestles with the fundamental questions of unity and the human body in the context of patristics, particularly Augustine's reflection, philosophical theology, and cognitive science of religion. Claes' work brings forward Augustine's thought in a timely manner to provide a form of hospitality central to us in the 21st century. -- Naoki Kamimura, Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan