The Best Books on Theological Anthropology

best books on theological anthropology

Studying humankind from a theological point of view is what the field of best books on theological anthropology is all about. Does it ask questions about the nature of society, such as the relationship between the body and the soul? What is the purpose of human life? How does sin affect humanity?

The following is a list of several of the works that are consider to be very significant in the field of theological anthropology:

Our Caribbean by Bernard C. Theobalds.

Do you want to see the Caribbean’s past up close? Then read Bernard C. Theobalds’ Our Caribbean. This book’s writing extols Caribbean values, charms, and character. You’ll learn about the Caribbean’s culture and why it’s so wonderful. If you’re interest in Caribbean history or wish to visit, read on. Our Caribbean is the perfect book for you.

Augustine’s City of God

The city of God is one of the most influential works of theology ever written. In it, Augustine of Hippo sets out to refute the pagan claim that the fall of the Roman Empire was cause by its abandonment. Traditional pagan religion. In doing so, he provides a comprehensive overview of Christian theology, touching on topics such as the nature of God, the heart of the soul, the problem of evil, and the nature of the afterlife.

Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae

The Summa Theologiae is a massive work of theology by Thomas Aquinas, one of the leaders of some of the most influential schools of thought in the history of the Catholic Church. In seeking to synthesize the theology of Augustine with the philosophy of Aristotle, he produce one of the most influential & impactful pieces of theological writing ever made. The Summa Theologiae covers a wide range of topics, including the nature of God, the heart of the soul, the problem of evil, and the nature of the afterlife.

Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatic

Church Dogmatic is Karl Barth’s magnum opus, a massive work of theology that seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the Christian faith. Barth was a Swiss theologian who was heavily influence by the work of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.His work influence 20th-century theology by responding to 19th-century liberalism. Church Dogmatic discusses God’s nature, a person’s essence, evil, and the afterlife.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian the Nazis execute for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer was a leading voice in the resistance to Nazi Germany, and his book Ethics reflects the moral implications of his opposition. In it, Bonhoeffer reflects on the nature of good and evil and offers a Christian ethic ground in the reality of suffering.

Paul Tillich’s Systematic Theology

Paul Tillich was a German theologian who was deeply influence by the work of Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche. Systematic Theology is a thorough review of the Christian religion ground in 20th-century scholars. Tillich’s work relates theology to current issues and is one of the most important systematic theologies ever publish.

Interest in Learning More

These are just a few of the many great works of theology that explore the topic of theological anthropology. If you are interest in learning more about this subject, please go here. These books are a great place to start.

Conclusion

Theological anthropology books give different insights on humanity. They investigate who we are as God’s image-bearers. Each book offers insights into our spirituality and body. The works below are must-reads for anybody interest in Christian anthropology.

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Excerpts taken from the chapter on St Lucia

(pages 148 - 157)

There is dispute as to the origin of the name and discovery of St. Lucia, creating the opportunity for all kinds of speculation. Even Thomas Coke (in 1811) challenges the very discovery of the island, and in which particular voyage, by Columbus; and all available evidence suggests that Columbus never came close to the islands of the Southern Antilles (except for Trinidad). Even his courses through the islands, derived from his logs, show no approach to Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent or St. Lucia. It is known however, that our explorer touched by Martinique during his Fourth Voyage in 1502, coming in from the Atlantic through the Martinique Channel. It is also revealing there is no mention of Columbus’ reaction to the unique Pitons, though he was known to keep copious notes.

The island is heavily volcanic, dominated by a central mountain range traversing much of its length, north to south, punctuated with fertile valleys going down to the sea. A one-time English resident and writer, Henry Breen, wrote enthusiastically of St. Lucia in 1842, of its wild and romantic scenery, grand and picturesque, its somber forests and shallow rivers and other enchanting forms. These sentiments would still apply today

The French were probably the first colonists, in the seventeenth century, when France and England both rising naval powers, initiated their conquest of Spain’s Caribbean colonies. St. Lucia would become a major producer of sugar and other slave-grown crops. The French developed the island’s sulphur baths at the south-western town of Soufriere and left their mark to this day, with all the nation’s towns and villages (Castries, Gros Islet, Vieux Fort, Soufriere, Laborie) given French names, and a French patois being universally spoken. Roman Catholicism was, until recent times, the overwhelmingly dominant religion, in contrast with other British territories, like Barbados, where Anglicanism prevails. Castries the capital and main port, founded in 1650, is named after a French nobleman.

The Pitons and surrounding area were designated a World Heritage Site in 2004. The original natives called the island Hewanorra, “Land of Water” which name remains in use today for  the island’s international airport.
The island achieved independence in 1979 and is a member of the OECS grouping. Citizens refer to themselves, somewhat proudly as Looshuns, the word derived obviously from a   corruption of the name of their island. 

The island became known as The Helen of the West, apropos “Helen of Troy”, because it was, to the colonizing Europeans, militarily the most sought-after island in the Eastern Caribbean, simply in view of its location and large and naturally deep and sheltered harbours,  a rarity among the smaller islands in the region. It changed hands at least 14 times in violent conflict  between the English and the French, the most aggressive imperial powers after the decline of the Spanish.

The modern period has its own attractions too. The island has for many years, been the terminus of the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), an annual race for yachtsmen originating in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands during November, with arrival in St Lucia in time for Christmas celebrations. Then there is the internationally popular Jazz Festival held in May of every year attracting music aficionados from all over the world.

St Lucia may be heavily volcanic in origin, but it does have some beautiful golden-sand beaches, Sandals Resorts and the world famous and very exclusive Jade Mountain Resort, with its close-up and magnificent views of the Pitons.

Oprah Winfrey famously has said St Lucia and the Pitons … one of the five places to see in your lifetime.