In and Of the World

Anna L. Peterson

in Being Human

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226548
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926059 | DOI:
In and Of the World

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This chapter sketches some qualities of humanness that undergird the ethical vision presented in the next chapter. These five qualities of humanness include simultaneous shaping by both nature and nurture, “thisworldliness” or being terrestrial, embodiedness, relationality, and limitations. This chapter explores some of the possibilities of change in Christian theological anthropology and suggests that the potential for transforming Christian approaches to nature depends not only on the philosophical coherence but also on the practical and emotional appeal of new understandings of human nature and humanity's relationship to the nonhuman world.

Keywords: humanness; nature; nurture; thisworldliness; embodiedness; relationality; limitations; theological anthropology; humanity; philosophical coherence

Chapter.  11373 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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