The Human Condition

Gerald O'Collins

in Rethinking Fundamental Theology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199605569
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729454 | DOI:
The Human Condition

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This chapter reflects on the human condition or the account that fundamental theologians should give of the human subject who in faith accepts the self-revealing God. After briefly examining four alternate ways of identifying the human being — as one who suffers (homo dolens), as one who questions (homo interrogans), as one embedded in history (homo storicus), and as essentially symbolic (homo symbolicus) — the chapter offers an account of the human person in terms of experience (homo experiens). Fourteen points spell out what the reality of human experience entails: for instance, as always involving some interpretation. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the nature of religious experience as such and, in particular, on how it reveals a primordial drive toward the fullness of life, meaning/truth, and love.

Keywords: human being; homo dolens; homo interrogans; homo storicus; homo symbolicus; homo experiens; religious experience; love; meaning; truth

Chapter.  7421 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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