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Alone in the World? Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology (J Wentzel Van Huyssteen) Hardcover Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2006) 9780802832467
Alone in the World? Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology (J Wentzel Van Huyssteen) Hardcover Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2006) 9780802832467
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Title: Alone in the World? Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology

Author: Huyssteen, J Wentzel Van

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780802832467

Volumes: 1; Pages: 416

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In Alone in the World?--first given as the 2004 Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh--J. Wentzel van Huyssteen develops the interdisciplinary dialogue that he set out in The Shaping of Rationality (1999), and he applies this methodology to the uncharted waters between theological anthropology and paleoanthropology.Van Huyssteen argues that scientific notions of human uniqueness help us to ground theological notions of human distinctiveness in flesh-and-blood, embodied experiences and protect us from unhelpful abstraction when trying to understand the image of God. Focusing on the interdisciplinary problem of human origins and distinctiveness, van Huyssteen accesses the origins of the embodied human mind through the spectacular prehistoric cave paintings of Western Europe, fifteen of which are reproduced in color in this volume.Connecting two widely separated fields through careful interdisciplinary reflection, Alone in the World? will encourage sustained investigation into the question of human uniqueness.ContentsACKNOWLEDGMENTSLIST OF PLATESINTRODUCTION1. Human Uniqueness as an Interdisciplinary Problem?Interdisciplinarity in Theology and ScienceTradition and Communicative UnderstandingInterdisciplinarity and Human UniquenessConclusion2. Human Uniqueness and Cognitive EvolutionHuman Distinctiveness in Paleontology1. Human Uniqueness as a Moral Issue2. Human Uniqueness and Hominid EvolutionCharles Darwin on Human UniquenessEvolutionary Epistemology and Human Uniqueness1. Evolutionary Epistemology as Embodied Epistemology2. Evolutionary Epistemology and ReligionConclusion3. Human Uniqueness and the Image of GodHuman Uniqueness and the History of the Imago DeiContemporary Interpretations of the Imago DeiThe Imago Dei as Embodied SelfConclusion4. Human Uniqueness and Human OriginsHuman Uniqueness and PaleoanthropologyImagination and Prehistoric ArtHuman Imagination and Religious AwarenessConclusion5. Human Uniqueness and SymbolizationHuman Uniqueness and LanguageHuman Uniqueness and the Symbolic Mind1. Handprints in the Deep Caves (Plates 1 and 2)2. The Ithyphallic "Bird Man" from the Shaft in Lascaux (Plate 11)3. The "Wounded Men" from Cougnac and Pech-Merle (Plates 3 and 4)Human Uniqueness and Religious ImaginationConclusion6. Human Uniqueness in Science and TheologyHuman Uniqueness and EmbodimentHuman Uniqueness in the Jewish TraditionHuman Uniqueness and the Limits of InterdisciplinarityConclusionBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX
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