The Human Being: A Theological Anthropology

After years of relative neglect, theological anthropology has been on the rise lately. In the last few years alone, we’ve seen books like Michael Welker’s The Depth of the Human Person (Eerdmans, 2014), Christian Smith’s What is a Person? (University of Chicago Press, 2010), Verna Harrison’s God’s Many Splendored Image (Baker Academic, 2010), and David Kelsey’s monumental Eccentric Existence (Westminster John Knox, 2009). And that’s just a sample. If you add specialized works on particular anthropological issues like the mind/body debate, free will, sexuality, vocation, and race, theological anthropology becomes one of the hottest topics on the market today. Hans Schwarz continues that trend with The Human Being: A Theological Anthropology, a useful book in many respects, though one with some notable drawbacks as well.