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The destiny of humanity Subtitle: A study of Wolfhart Pannenberg's theological anthropology

Abstract: This thesis intends to make a contribution to the understanding of human destiny withreference to Wolfhart Pannenberg. Our research is best described as a theologicalanthropology in a historical perspective as opposed to Pannenberg's secular anthropologyin a theological perspective. We present history as a way to map out the movement ofhumanity over the course of its history to its common destiny from creation (chapter 2)through sin (chapter 4) and ethics to eschatology (chapter 5). Anthropology has beentaken here as only the starting point for our study, which presents openness to the worldor exocentricity (chapter 3) as an anthropological constant to historicity. Chapter 2evaluates Pannenberg's assertion, based on Herder, that the full image of God is realisednot from the beginning but only through the destiny of humanity, which lies yet in thefuture. However, we argue that Pannenberg differentiates himself from Herder in acrucial respect in that Pannenberg grounds Herder's anthropology on a christologicalfoundation in order to present a salvific, rather than a providential, account of the renewalof the imago Dei. Chapter 3 delineates the reasons for the original human state beingcharacterised by openness toward one's supernatural fulfilment, which is already presentas a future destiny, and corresponds to the single saving event of Jesus Christ in history.Openness to God becomes, for Pannenberg, the bridge out of the poverty of the naturalbeginning point of humanity into the full realisation of human destiny. The aim ofchapter 4 is to argue the case for defining sin explicitly in relation to human destiny,namely, as passivity to destiny. In our sin, we are robbed of our true identity, and theseparation of sinners from God means at the same time our separation from our owndestiny, which is communion with God. Chapter 5 opens with a more detailedexamination of eschatology, and examines the deep structure of the later Pannenberg'ssystem of ethics, which he now explicitly argues for an anthropological foundation, witha claim of universal validity. The final chapter concludes with arguments leading to theuniting of nature, essence and destiny of humanity as one.

Type of Award:DPhil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:This thesis was digitised thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky


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Autor: Wong, Kam Ming - institutionUniversity of Oxford institutionWolfson College University of Oxford facultyHumanities Division facul



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