The Depth of the Human Person: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Eerdmans, 2014
ISBN: 9780802869791


This volume brings together leading theologians, biblical scholars, scientists, philosophers, ethicists, and others to explore the multidimensionality and depth of the human person. Moving away from dualistic (mind-body, spirit-flesh, natural-mental) anthropologies, the book’s contributors examine human personhood in terms of a complex flesh-body-mind-heart-soul-conscience-reason-spirit spectrum.

The Depth of the Human Person begins with a provocative essay on the question “Why is personhood conceptually difficult?” It then rises to the challenge of relating theological contributions on the subject to various scientific explorations. Finally, the book turns to contemporary theological-ethical challenges, discussing such subjects as human dignity, embodiment, gender stereotypes, and human personhood at the edges of life.

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Key Features

  • Illuminates diverse perspectives on personhood
  • Gathers contributions from scholars in many disciplines
  • Presents important implications for topics such as human dignity


  • Maria Antonaccio
  • Warren S. Brown
  • Philip Clayton
  • Volker Henning Drecoll
  • Markus Höfner
  • Origen V. Jathanna
  • Malcolm Jeeves
  • Isolde Karle
  • Eiichi Katayanagi
  • Andreas Kemmerling
  • Stephan Kirste
  • Bernd Oberdorfer
  • John C. Polkinghorne
  • Jeffrey P. Schloss
  • Andreas Schüle
  • William Schweiker
  • Gerd Theissen
  • Günter Thomas
  • Frank Vogelsang
  • Michael Welker

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About Michael Welker

Michael Welker is professor and chair of systematic theology and executive director of the Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. His previous books include The Spirit in Creation and New Creation and The Work of the Spirit.

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