Human and Divine Being

A Study on the Theological Anthropology of Edith Stein

Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon
Donald Wallenfang
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , April
     2017.
     274 pages.
     $33.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781498293365.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Sang-il Kim forthcoming.

Description

Nothing is more dangerous to be misunderstood than the question, "What is the human being?" In an era when this question is not only being misunderstood but even forgotten, wisdom delivered by the great thinkers and mystics of the past must be recovered. Edith Stein (1891-1942), a Jewish Carmelite mystical philosopher, offers great promise to resume asking the question of the human being. In Human and Divine Being, Donald Wallenfang offers a comprehensive summary of the theological anthropology of this heroic martyr to truth. Beginning with the theme of human vocation, Wallenfang leads the reader through a labyrinth of philosophical and theological vignettes: spiritual being, the human soul, material being, empathy, the logic of the cross, and the meaning of suffering. The question of the human being is asked in light of divine being by harnessing the fertile tension between the methods of phenomenology and metaphysics. Stein spurs us on to a rendezvous with the stream of "perennial philosophy" that has watered the landscape of thought since conscious time began. In the end, the meaning of human being is thrown into sharp relief against the darkness of all that is not authentically human.

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

Donald Wallenfang is a Secular Discalced Carmelite and associate professor of theology at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. He is the author of Human and Divine Being: A Study on the Theological Anthropology of Edith Stein and Dialectical Anatomy of the Eucharist: An Etude in Phenomenology (Cascade, 2017).

Add New Comment

Reading Religion welcomes comments from AAR members, and you may leave a comment below by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password. Please read our policy on commenting.

Log in to post comments