The Human Creature

David H. Kelsey

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Human Creature


This article surveys the state of the question in Christian theological anthropology at the start of the twenty-first century. Given the variety of questions contemporary theologians take to be central to anthropology, the first challenge is to devise a framework that can both encompass their range and present them fairly. This article offers such a framework first and then uses it to organize the survey. It asks three main questions: What is the basic anthropological question raised by Christian practice and belief? What is the doctrinal home of theological anthropology? And, what is the proper conceptuality for theological anthropology?

Keywords: Christianity; theological anthropology; Christian practice; God's image

Article.  8234 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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