Human Nature

The next topic we turn to is "theological anthropology," which entails an exploration of human (anthropos) nature. Under the heading of theological anthropology theologians ponder such questions as: Who are these humans God has made? What powers do we have and what limitations? What are our legitimate needs? How do we acquire the identities that distinguish us as persons? Are we infinitely pliable, or is there a point at which we break and cease being human? What is the function of others and of culture in making us human? Are we noble savages or are we civilized beasts? Are we inherently good or inherently evil? Are we a mixture of good and evil, and if so, which of these is predominant?

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