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Re-Envisioning Christian HumanismEducation and the Restoration of Humanity$
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Jens Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778783.001.0001

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From Institutions to Anthropology

From Institutions to Anthropology

The Christian Humanism of John Paul II and the Crisis of Modern Times

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Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism

F. Russell Hittinger

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the Christian humanism of Pope John Paul II, who exemplified the two central features of Christian humanism, namely a Christological anthropology and the synthesis of faith and reason. The chapter first attempts to identify the crisis of modern times by comparing the historical and cultural contexts of popes John Paul II to Leo XIII. A second part shows how John Paul II built on the Leonine tradition but shifted the focus from institutions as arenas of human action within which modern issues are addressed to philosophical anthropology as the fundamental premise for social and cultural analysis and amelioration. The concluding section describes ‘negative anthropology’ and argues that only Christian anthropology is able to redirect the distorted humanism of modernity towards its proper Christian humanist roots.

Keywords:   Christian humanism, Christological anthropology, Pope John Paul II, Pope Leo XIII, negative anthropology

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