“That theological anthropology is theological expresses one of its basic convictions – the human person can only be fully understood from a theological perspective. The creation of the human persons, their status as beings in the image of God, their fall into a sinful state, and their subsequent redemption and eschatological glorification, all of these are theological realities without which the human person is not fully comprehended. Indeed, from this perspective, the human person is always-already defined and determined by his relationship to God.” (Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed (T. & T. Clark, 2010)
In other words, the modern attempt of traditional theology, religion, to enforce its beliefs upon the discoveries and ever-evolving understandings of science. This has been especially the case lately with the rise of Christian pseudosciences, which re-interprets the sciences of psychology, anthropology, and evolution through the theological views of “biblical” scripture. “How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined.” – Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Rather, you insist that belief is somehow just as real as reality itself, rather than just a human perspective that we have about reality.
As I expressed to a friend recently, to elucidate this subject beyond its use as a cool title to use:
Theological Anthropology is the act of taking Christian theology and redressing it in pseudo-scientific language. Rather than studying the subject, Theological Anthropology (aka, Christian Anthropology) studies how their theology explains the subject. This makes it into a pseudo-science. It’s counterpart in the field of religion masquerading as science is the well-known Christian pseudoscience called Creationism (aka, Intelligent Design). There is also Christian Psychology, which takes the science of psychology and re-interprets it through the view of theological scriptural analysis.
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