The catholicity of personhood

Traditional theological considerations of the human person presume a radically anthropocentric starting point. Yet, ongoing discoveries in the natural sciences and a renewed attention to the theological tradition pose challenges to this inherited way of thinking about personhood. In his latest book, Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology (Orbis Books, 2019), Boston College alumnus Daniel P. Horan, OFM, offers a constructive theological reflection on the meaning and identity of the human person through the lens of evolution and contemporary science. According to the publisher, “each chapter builds on a foundational reconsideration of the theological anthropological tradition to re-situate humanity within the broader community of creation while highlighting the true catholicity of personhood within Christian tradition.” Fr. Dan is a Franciscan friar who teaches at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is the author of several books, including The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton and Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis.

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