Lecture one : rediscovering Darwin for theology – rethinking human personhood

Van Huyssteen, J. Wentzel (2017)

Van Huyssteen, J. W. 2017. Lecture one : rediscovering Darwin for theology – rethinking human personhood. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 73(3):1-9, doi:10.4102/hts.v73i3.4485

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Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.

Article

In a series of three articles, presented at the Goshen Annual Conference on Science and Religion in 2015, with the theme ‘Interdisciplinary Theology and the Archeology of Personhood’, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen considers the problem of human evolution – also referred to as ‘the archaeology of personhood’ – and its broader impact on theological anthropology. These Goshen Lectures explore the potentiality that the history of human evolution provides bridge theories to theological anthropology and thus to a positive and constructive way of appropriating Darwinian thought for a public, interdisciplinary Christian theology. Lecture One tracks a select number of contemporary proposals for the evolution of aspects of human personhood. These aspects were of significance for Darwin: the evolution of cognition; the evolution of imagination, music and language; the evolution of morality; and the evolution of the religious disposition. The article acknowledges the close ties to hominid ancestors and focuses on the emergence of human distinctiveness, consciousness and personhood, and the propensity for religious awareness and experience.

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