Creatures of Possibility

The Theological Base of Human Freedom

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Ingolf U. Dalferth
Translator(s): 
Jo Bennett
  • Ada, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , November
     2016.
     240 pages.
     $29.99.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780801098109.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Bradley M. Penner forthcoming.

Description

Preeminent scholar and theologian Ingolf Dalferth offers mature reflections on what it means to be human, a topic at the forefront of contemporary Christian thought. Dalferth argues that humans should be defined not as deficient beings--who must compensate for the weaknesses of their biological nature by means of technology, morals, media, religion, and culture--but as creatures of possibility. He understands human beings by reference to their capacity to live a truly humane life. Dalferth explores the sheer gratuitousness of God's agency in justifying and sanctifying the human person, defining humans not by what we do or achieve but by God's creative and saving action. In the gospel, we are set free to interact with the world and creation.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ingolf U. Dalferth (DrTheol, University of Tübingen) is Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. He is also professor emeritus in the faculty of theology at the University of Zurich, where he served as director of the Institute of Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion for many years. He has held academic positions at the universities of Durham, Tübingen, Frankfurt, Fribourg, and Copenhagen. Dalferth is the author or editor of over forty books, including Crucified and Resurrected: Restructuring the Grammar of Christology, Die Wirklichkeit des Möglichen: Hermeneutische Religionsphilosophie, and Becoming Present: An Inquiry into the Christian Sense of the Presence of God.

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