God and Human Dignity

R. Kendall Soulen, Linda Woodhead
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 12 . 2006 . - 341 .

The concept of human dignity has been stripped from its traditional context in Christian thought, becoming a moral trump frayed by heavy use, but a compelling alternate vision has not yet emerged.

God and Human Dignity offers a fresh restatement of the nature and scope of human dignity in Christian perspective. Theologians, ethicists, and biblical scholars from around the world here examine the dimensions of human worth in the light of sacred Scripture, doctrine, and ecclesial practice. In contrast to modernity's often monochromatic accounts of human dignity in terms of freedom or rationality, these essays argue that human dignity in Christian perspective is a many-splendored thing reflecting humanity's participation in the divine drama of creation, redemption, and new creation. Representing disciplines across the academic spectrum, the essays in God and Human Dignity offer systematic and scriptural perspectives on human dignity that connect to a host of pressing contemporary issues.

Contributors: C. Clifton Black, Russell Botman, Don Browing, J. Kameron Carter, Elaine Graham, Robert W. Jensen, James L. Mays, M. Douglas Meeks, Esther Menn, Peter Ochs, John Polkinghorne, Hans Reinders, Gerhard Sauter, Christoph SchwÃbel, R. Kendall Soulen, Fraser Watts, Michael Welker, and Linda Woodhead.D

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Contextualizing Human Dignity
1
The Self in the Psalms and the Image of God
27
Recovering Human Dignity
44
Anima Ecclesiastica
59
Integrating Three Contemporary Discourses of Human Dignity
72
Anthropology in an Evolutionary Context
89
Human Dignity and the New Eugenics
104
Human Dignity in the Absence of Agency
121
Human Dignity in the Market System
196
The Case of Frederick Douglasss 1845 Narrative
215
Apophatic Anthropology
233
Concepts and Experiences
247
The End of the Human or the End of the Human? Human Dignity in Technological Perspective
263
Dying with Dignity?
282
Human Dignity Human Complexity and Human Goods
299
Theological Anthropology versus Anthropological Reductionism
317

The Logic of Indignity and the Logic of Redemption
143
Land Displacement and Hope in Jeremiah and in Todays World
161
Gods Promise for Humanity in the New Testament
179
Index
331

43 - The catechism says that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, which of course is applicable mainly to God as seen in his works.
228 - Mr. Covey seemed now to think he had me, and could do what he pleased; but at this moment from whence came the spirit I don't know I resolved to fight ; and, suiting my action to the resolution, I seized Covey hard by the throat; and as I did so, I rose.
40 - In the days of his flesh, Jesus > offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.
170 - My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent; for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
117 - Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
225 - I was somewhat unmanageable at the first, but a few months of this discipline tamed me. Mr. Covey succeeded in breaking me in body, soul, and spirit.
172 - Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. '' Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.
10 - Neither heavenly nor earthly, neither mortal nor immortal have We made thee. Thou, like a judge appointed for being honorable, art the molder and maker of thyself; thou mayest sculpt thyself into whatever shape thou dost prefer. Thou canst grow downward into the lower natures which are brutes. Thou canst again grow upward from thy soul's reason into the higher natures which are divine.
41 - Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt.