Christian Anthropology Series

St. Davids, PA, February 17, 2012:  Eastern University presents On Knowing Humanity: Developing a Christian Anthropology, a series of colloquia. These colloquia are held on Fridays,  from 3-4:30 p.m., in the Baird Library, 2nd floor of Walton Hall, at Eastern University, 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, PA.  Refreshments are served. The general public is welcome. For information, contact Dr. Eloise Meneses at

On Friday, February 24, Dr. Kevin Birth, City University of New York, presents 2012, Necromancy, and the End of Time on Earth. Can modern culture nullify Genesis 1:14, and if it does, will anybody notice?  Will the time of Earth end in 2012?  Or will the end be deferred?  What is our cultural definition of time, anyway? Lurking behind these questions is the intersection of cognitive science and culture theory, namely, the ways in which cultural knowledge gets embedded in things that think for their users.

On Friday, March 23,  Dr. Jenell Paris, Messiah College, presents The Influence of Christian Traditions on Christian Anthropology:  A Pietist Approach. Christians of various historic traditions bring different themes and emphases to a vision of “Christian anthropology.”  As an example, a Pietist perspective emphasizes service, love, and practical application.  The variety of Christian traditions enhances the depth of understanding available to the field.
Background: Anthropology claims to study humanity holistically, in all its inter-cultural varieties and intra-cultural connections.  Yet a truly holistic study must go beyond the natural science view of people as merely a species in nature.  A Christian anthropology must place ethnographic data about people and cultures within the larger framework of God’s purposes for humanity through history.

We propose the incorporation of scholarship from theological anthropology with that of scientific anthropology.  This will require the deconstruction of terms and assumptions in scientific anthropology.  And it will require the broadening of categories and understandings in theological anthropology.  We believe the result will be a truly holistic approach, one with the potential to give a full account of humanity situated in a Christian perspective.

This series of colloquia is designed to investigate the problem from various perspectives:  theological, epistemological, scientific, and historical.  The following are members of the primary team engaged in the investigation:  Dr. Eloise Meneses, Dr. David Bronkema, Dr. Lindy Backues, Dr. Eric Flett, and Dr. Ben Hartley.  

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