The Soul of Theological Anthropology

A Cartesian Theology of Human Persons

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Joshua Ryan Farris
New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies
  • New York, NY: 
    , December
     210 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Benedikt Paul Göcke forthcoming.


Recent research in the philosophy of religion, anthropology, and philosophy of mind has prompted the need for a more integrated, comprehensive, and systematic theology of human nature. This project constructively develops a theological accounting of human persons by drawing from a Cartesian (as a term of art) model of anthropology, which is motivated by a long tradition. As was common among patristics, medievals, and Reformed Scholastics, Farris draws from philosophical resources to articulate Christian doctrine as he approaches theological anthropology. Exploring a substance dualism model, the author highlights relevant theological texts and passages of Scripture, arguing that this model accounts for doctrinal essentials concerning theological anthropology. While Farris is not explicitly interested in thorough critique of materialist ontology, he notes some of the significant problems associated with it. Rather, the present project is an attempt to revitalize the resources found in Cartesianism by responding to some common worries associated with it.

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

Joshua R. Farris is assistant professor of theology at Houston Baptist University, School of Humanities, The Academy and The Honors College, USA. He is also a member of the Department of Theology. He is Director over Trinity School of Theology. Presently, he is a fellow at Heythrop College, UK. His scholarly work has appeared in Religious Studies, Philosophia Christi, Philosophy and Theology, Heythrop Journal, and Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of the Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology and the co-editor of Idealism and Christian Theology. Presently, he is finishing A Brief Introduction to Theological Anthropology and a co-edited project entitled Being Saved: Explorations in Soteriology and Human Ontology.

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