In an effort to offer balance to this site’s old-testament leanings, I offer you the following:
Question: “What is Christian Anthropology?”
Answer: Anthropology is the study of humanity. Christian Anthropology is the study of humanity from a Christian / Biblical perspective. It is primarily focused on the nature of humanity – how the immaterial and material aspects of man relate to each other. Some common questions in Christian Anthropology are:
- What does it mean that man is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27)?
- Do we have two or three parts? Are we body, soul, and spirit – or – body, soul-spirit?
- What is the difference between the soul and spirit?
- What is the origin of the different races?
Christian Anthropology deals with who we are and how we relate to God. Whether a people are inherently good or inherently sinful is crucial in determining how our relationship with God can be restored. Whether the souls of human beings carry on after death determines in large part our view of our purpose in this world. Christian Anthropology helps us to understand ourselves, from God’s perspective.
A key verse on Christian Anthropology is Psalms 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”