What does it mean to be human? Who am I? and Why do I exist? Dr. Joshua Farris—Chester and Margaret Paluch Lecturer for 2019-2020 at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and former assistant professor of theology at Houston Baptist University—joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss his new volume, An Introduction to Theological Anthropology Humans, Both Creaturely and Divine, where he seeks to answer these questions using the vast tradition of Christian theology. Listen in to hear theological reflection on anthropological issues such as sexuality, gender, race, posthumanism, the image of God, vocation, the constitution of man, the beatific vision, and more.
Where does theological anthropology start and what does it encompass? [0:00 - 5:45]
Why does the tradition move the human constitution to the foreground of theological anthropology, and is this the right foreground to have in this field of study? [5:45 - 13:18]
What school of thought should we allow or choose as interlocutors when discussing theological anthropology? [13:18 - 19:35]
Distinct markers for a Reformed theological anthropology [19:35 - 22:50]
The theological importance of narrative identity for the human person [22:50 - 26:25]
How theological anthropology fits into the larger framework of Christian theology [26:25 - 29:30]
Where sex and gender fit in theological anthropology [29:30 - 41:54]
How can we take the resources of theological anthropology to deal with some of the science-fiction-like issues we are facing today? [41:54 - 48:50]
Caleb Wait (MATS, Westminster Seminary California) is a writer and the producer of Mere Fidelity. He and his wife Kristin have two children and live in Northern California. You can follow him on Twitter @calebwait and he invites you to email him at email@example.com.