Who is man? The foundations of biblical anthropology Cover Image

Kim jest człowiek? U podstaw antropologii biblijnej
Who is man? The foundations of biblical anthropology

Author(s): Waldemar Chrostowski
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Religion and science , Biblical studies
Published by: Wyższe Seminarium Duchowne Diecezji Elbląskiej w Elblągu
Keywords: Biblical antropology; man; woman; corporality; sexuality; imago Dei

Summary/Abstract: The two stories of the creation of the world and man that open the book of Genesis (1:1 – 2:4a and 2:4b–25) form the basis of biblical anthropology and thus also of Christian anthropology. Contrary to gender ideology and a strong anthropological crisis, they emphasise that corporality and gender diversity are integral elements of God’s created world order. They show sexuality as a gift connected to, but transcending, the corporeal condition of man and reproducing something of God, who is absolutely incorporeal. Man has been assigned an absolutely unique role in that he is to be a kind of icon of God in the world. The careful choice of Hebrew vocabulary and specific grammar, with clear references to the physical characteristics proper to the male and female sex, emphasise the equality of man and woman. Since the whole man is an image and representation of the incorporeal God, this also applies to his bodily side. The image of God in man is therefore also the rich and mysterious dynamism of sexuality, the fruit of which is love.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 22
  • Page Range: 261-279
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish