What Is ‘Theological Anthropology,’ Anyway?

Feb 16, 2017 | | 2 comments

“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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  1. “Conscious life began with an observation. An act of observing, which led to an act of thinking about what is being observed. This relationship between observing and thinking is what drove our species towards creating a fictive language. A cognitive-based language reality that we often mistake as more real than the self-evident reality itself. This act of ‘thinking’ leads all thinking-creatures to an incessant need to be doing, beyond the basic genetic needs for survival, and this is especially the case with our human primate species. Like each cell is an important, though brief, part of the entire body of a nefesh chayah, a “living breathing-creature”, so are we individually – in body, mind, and consciousness – a briefly existing, but necessary, part of the ever-changing body of the human species. A species that is ever-growing more aware of itself consciously.” – Joseph T Farkasdi

    http://www.aniyostsef.com/index/like-a-droplet-of-energy-water-we-each-individually-are/as-long-as-there-is-religion-there-will-be/

  2. “What follows is a review of a dozen sociopolitical or cultural issues on which fundamentalists claim they have determined the biblically correct positions. Three critical questions are addressed in bringing them to trial: Do the fundamentalist positions derive from scripture? Are the positions consistent with historical or scientific fact? And, are the positions endorsed by a majority of Americans, or are they minority views?”

    #ChristianRight #ReligiousRight #DominionTheology #Creationism #LGBTQ #Homosexuality #ProLife
    #DeathWithDignity #SchoolChoice #TheHumanist
    #Resist #Indivisible #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #NationalPopularVote #NotAChristianNation

    Fundamentalism on Trial
    How Twelve Claims of the Christian Right Fail under Strict Secular Scrutiny
    https://thehumanist.com/magazine/march-april-2017/features/fundamentalism-on-trial
    For the past hundred years Christian fundamentalism has been dedicated to the goal of transforming the United States into a theocracy by implementing policies and laws that advance a so-called biblical worldview, while simultaneously limiting the freedoms and rights of other citizens who don’t share it. This worldview consists of definitive positions on a series of major political and social issues that supposedly derive from the Bible when, in fact, almost none do. Moreover, fundamentalist theocratic-political dogmas are antithetical to the cardinal values of American humanism: freedom, community, tolerance, science, reason, and democracy.

    Abortion? The bible does not prohibit it. Further, the biblical concept of so-called “pro-life” is simply not present. Rather, life is granted solely upon faithful and loyal service and obedience to the laws of the god of the religion – the national god in the Jewish case, and the trinity god-in-flesh messianic idol in the Christian case.

    America a Christian nation? The demonstrable and verifiable historical documents of this nation’s founding and the writings of the Founders themselves refute this very belief. Out of all the principle Founders of this nation, only one viewed the newly formed United States as a “Christian nation” – his name was John Jay. All the rest supported and insisted upon an Era of Enlightenment Deism-influenced nation, a Republic where a peoples’ constitution reign supreme in authority over its citizens. It wouldn’t be until the birth of the Christian-Right political organization in the 1940’s that a concerted attempt to rewrite history to validate fundamentalist Christian beliefs in a Christian nation for the United States, and legislation to back this up, would begin to put theocratic dents into the structure and nature of our representative democracy.

    Creationism? It is religion masquerading as science, but is nothing more than fully debunked pseudoscience meant to push Christian religious beliefs into public schools.

    School Choice? It is religion masquerading as equal opportunity for poor students, but is nothing more than a push to fund Christian schools at tax payer expense – which violates the Establishment Clause and is unconstitutional.

    Decalogue displays and public prayer in government and its domains? Again, violates the Establishment Clause in our “not in any sense” a Christian nation. Allowing such to be is not the same as legislating its presence.

    Homosexuality? As to the present day fundamentalist view that the bible prohibits “homosexuality” in all, this is not entirely true. Or, more specifically, is only true of bible translations, and not true for the original Hebrew texts that “bible” translations are based upon. The Hebrew scroll of Leviticus does not ban “homosexuality” in and of itself. It does not even reference, much less prohibit, lesbianism. It makes no mention or prohibition of same-sex marriages. It only prohibits two forms of male-with-male sexual behavior, the “lyings of woman” they are not to do, and the penalty for such is death. This correct understanding is verifiable in the 1st century C.E. (A.D.) Talmud of the Rabbis. Further, it prohibits and calls such behaviors an abhorrence or abomination when it is conducted between Israelis, Jewish males of the kingdom of Israel. But, the Leviticus scroll does not define what the specific acts being prohibited are exactly, and this is left to the later interpreter’s imagination. It is modern religious fundamentalist interpretation that has deemed that “God” has prohibited all forms of homosexual behavior, not even considering the simple fact that “homosexual” is a modern scientific classification word, and this is simply not justified with an honest reading of the Hebrew scroll of Leviticus. It is not a scriptural belief!

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