Tuesday 11 October 2005

Eberhard Jüngel: the universal validity of anthropological statements

“[P]recisely because ‘God’ is the presupposition with which theological anthropology works, every statement in theological anthropology must have universal anthropological validity and therefore also universal intelligibility.... The fundamental unity of the utmost concreteness on the one hand and the utmost generality on the other, which Christian theology claims for God and for him alone, compels theological anthropology to make statements whose universal validity must be justifiable even if God ... is left out of the argument.”

—Eberhard Jüngel, Theological Essays I (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1989), p. 126.

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