Explore how our encounter with God profoundly shapes our understanding of what it means to be human.
In this must-have course, you will encounter Christian anthropology: the branch of theology that articulates the meaning of human existence in light of Christ’s revelation. With expert presenter Sr. Sara Fairbanks as your guide, you will examine the multi-faceted Christian perspective on humanity’s place in the evolving universe. As you ask the deep questions of ultimate meaning, you will explore our origin, purpose, goal, and future destiny.
In twelve illuminating lectures, you will gain fresh insights into your relationship with God as you delve into different facets of the human experience in historical and cultural contexts. You will explore what science tells us about God’s relationship with creation. You will also discover what contemporary theologians say about humanity’s place in the unfolding universe and the mystery of human suffering.
Next, you will ponder new developments in the Christian understanding of sin and grace. You will explore how God chooses to draw near to humanity in healing love and forgiveness. As you will discover, human flourishing is only realized in our relationship with God. Finally, you will explore eschatology through an evolutionary lens as the final fulfillment of all creation in communion with the Triune God.
This is more than just a course—it is a chance to deepen your relationship with God as you explore the big questions of the universe.
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Sr. Sara Fairbanks, O.P., Ph.D., has served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Barry University in Miami. The Director of Vocations for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Dr. Fairbanks holds a Master of Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology. Previously, she was the Pollok Lecturer at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her areas of expertise are Christian anthropology, the theology of lay ecclesial ministry, the theology of preaching, and practical theology.
Sr. Fairbanks authored, together with her colleagues in the Barry Department of Theology, the book Theology: Faith, Beliefs, Traditions (Kendall Hunt, 2010), and she has published in numerous scholarly journals, such as Worship, The Way, Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, and Liturgical Ministry. She is a contributing author to the series Feasting on the Gospels—Luke Volume 1: A Feasting on the Word Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2014).
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- The Dynamics of Revelation and Faith:
Sources of Christian Anthropology
- Christian Understanding of the Human Being
within an Evolutionary View of the World
- Genesis 1-2: A Biblical Vision of Humanity
- Are Women Created Equally in the Image of God?
- Adult Development and Christian Imaging of God
- God and Suffering in the Hebrew Scriptures
- Why Do We Suffer? From a Christian Perspective
- Developments in the Christian Understanding of Sin
- Bernard Lonergan: Original Sin as Sustained Unauthenticity
- Grace as Conversion
- Rahner on Graced Humanity Saved by Christ