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What Is a Human?What the Answers Mean for Human Rights$
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John H. Evans

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190608071

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190608071.001.0001

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The Public’s Theological Anthropologies

The Public’s Theological Anthropologies

The Image of God and the Soul

(p.127) Chapter 6 The Public’s Theological Anthropologies
What Is a Human?

John H. Evans

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that only conservative Protestants use theological anthropologies, suggesting that only those religious institutions propagate these ideas. Examination of interviews with the conservative Protestants in the general public suggests that there are some small differences between their anthropologies and the academic version. The public emphasizes more that we are made by God and less that we are made in the image of God. The public’s version of a soul is less communicative than the academic version. These would have mixed effects on human rights. The chapter finishes with a discussion of nonmaterialistic “souls” identified by nonreligious respondents and how these too might be protective of human rights.

Keywords:   anthropology, theological anthropology, Imago Dei, soul, human rights, depictions, theology, biology, philosophy

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