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Drawing on the wisdom and teaching experience of highly respected theologians, the Engaging Theology series builds a firm foundation for graduate study and other ministry formation programs. Each of the six volumes-Scripture, Jesus, God, Discipleship, Anthropology, and Church-is concerned with retrieving, carefully evaluating, and constructively interpreting the Christian tradition. Comprehensive in scope and accessibly written, these volumes, used together or independently, will stimulate rich theological reflection and discussion. More important, the series will create and sustain the passion of the next generation of theologians and church leaders.

Author Biography

Susan A. Ross is a professor and chair of the theology department at Loyola University Chicago. She is a vice president and member of the board of editors of Concilium, the international theological journal. She is the author of Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology (1998) and For the Beauty of the Earth: Women, Sacramentality, and Justice (2006).

Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacep. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Ancient Resources on Being Humanp. 1
Biblical Resourcesp. 1
Interpreting the Biblep. 1
Some Biblical Narrativesp. 4
Jesus as Exemplarp. 9
Paulp. 12
Early Christianity on Being Humanp. 13
Gnosticism, Irenaeus, and Early Christian Martyrsp. 14
Asceticismp. 16
Platonism and Origenp. 19
Augustinep. 20
Conclusionp. 24
Resources from the Medieval and Reformation Periodsp. 27
Medieval Thoughtp. 27
Monasticism and Learningp. 27
Monasticism and Living One's Faithp. 32
The Desire for Godp. 33
Scholasticism and Thomas Aquinasp. 36
The Reformationp. 39
Martin Lutherp. 40
John Calvinp. 42
The Council of Trentp. 44
Women in the Reformationp. 45
Conclusionp. 46
Resources from Modernityp. 47
The Desire for Knowledgep. 48
Descartesp. 49
Hume and Kantp. 51
Nineteenth-Century Developmentsp. 53
The Desire for Freedomp. 56
Slaves, Women, and Personhoodp. 57
The "Masters of Suspicion"p. 61
Karl Marxp. 61
Sigmund Freudp. 62
Conclusion / Twentieth-Century Issuesp. 65
Christian Selfhood and Postmodernityp. 67
Characteristics of Postmodern Selfhoodp. 69
Fragmentation and Pluralityp. 69
Social and Historical Relativityp. 70
The Linguistic Turnp. 71
Othernessp. 72
Ambiguityp. 74
Christian Theological Engagement with Postmodernityp. 75
Edward Schillebeeckx and "Anthropological Constants"p. 76
Jan-Olav Henriksen and the Otherp. 78
Karl Rahner and the Desire for Godp. 81
Concluding Reflections on the Postmodern Selfp. 83
The Beauty of Embodiment: Body and Sexualityp. 85
The Bodyp. 87
Sexp. 94
Sex and Traditional Catholic Theologyp. 94
Sexuality and Contemporary Theological Anthropologyp. 98
The Theology of the Bodyp. 99
Margaret Farley and "Just Love"p. 102
Sex and Sexual Variationp. 104
Conclusionp. 104
The Human Capacity for Evil and the Hope for Salvationp. 109
The Human Capacity for and Propensity to Evilp. 111
Human Beings, the Sciences, and Evilp. 112
René Girard's Theory of Violence and Mimetic Desirep. 114
Understanding the Perpetrators of Evilp. 116
Victims of Evilp. 123
Trauma Victimsp. 124
Social Traumap. 127
Witnesses to Evilp. 130
Theology, Science, and Human Personhoodp. 133
What Makes Us the Imago Dei?p. 135
Animals and Human Beingsp. 139
Human Beings and the World around Usp. 141
Neuroscience and the Humanp. 144
Technology, Medicine, and the Human Personp. 148
Conclusionp. 152
Conclusion: Seeking Light and Beautyp. 155
Indexp. 163
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