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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-18

People with disabilities in the United States have been mobilizing for more than a century in the struggle to overcome injustice and oppression. In 1850, deaf people established local organizations to advocate for their interests...

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1. Gordon Kaufman: Human Being as Intentional Agent

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pp. 19-35

For Gordon Kaufman, theology is work of the human imagination. It is not a description of how things “really” are. We have no direct access to the referent of our concept of God, and thus we have no way of determining the accuracy...

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2. George Lindbeck: Human Being as Language User

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pp. 36-52

Unlike Gordon Kaufman, whose theological anthropology is developed thoroughly and explicitly, George Lindbeck does not develop a full-fl edged theological anthropology in the course of his writings. His major work...

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3. Human Being in Relational Terms: A Phenomenology

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pp. 53-66

As an alternative to defining human beings as creatures who possess the capacity for conceptualization, in the next two chapters I claim that human being is better understood in relational terms, as participation in relationships...

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4. Martin Buber’s Anthropology

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pp. 67-91

For Martin Buber, there is no “nature of human being” in the sense of some isolatable capacity or metaphysical substance, such as the soul, located within an individual human being. Any attempt to understand human being in this...

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5. Imago Dei as Rationality or Relationality: History and Construction

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pp. 92-116

When throughout the centuries Christians have had questions about the meaning of human life, they have turned to a concept, traditionally rendered in Latin: the imago Dei. The term comes from the Hebrew scriptures...

Notes

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pp. 117-129

Bibliography

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pp. 131-134