What is Human Nature?: the Theological Politics of Anthropology

Date(s) - November 16, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

St. Mark's College

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The presentation would deal with the legacy of the imago dei tradition in light of the anthropology’s flight from nature, exemplified by the elimination of the term ‘science’ in the American anthropological Association’s self-description several years ago. It will also chart some theological differences on the imago dei, some of which deny the reality of human nature.

Dr. Paul Allen is the new Academic Dean of Corpus Christi College. Born in Vancouver, Dr. Allen received his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa (Saint-Paul) in 2001. From 2002 until the present, he was a professor at Concordia University, reaching the rank of Full Professor in 2016. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has served as an undergraduate program advisor. His scholarly research centers on the science-theology dialogue, theological anthropology, and systematic theology.

He has written Ernan McMullin and Critical Realism in the Science-Theology Dialogue (Routledge), Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark) and co-written Catholicism and Science (Greenwood). In addition, he has written numerous book chapters and journal articles.


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