TANSA 2014: Perspectives on Human Nature
The contemplation of human nature and personhood has occupied theologians, philosophers, scientists, poets, painters and writiers, not mention the everyday person, throughout history. Developments in both natural and social sciences continue to redefine how we might thing of ourselves as human – resulting in what one scholar calls ‘conflicting ontologies of the person’ making themselves felt in the everyday world. At one level, reductionist outlooks reduce the human person to a complex relationship of organic material – the flesh is all we are – while other approaches recognise human qualities and dimensions – seen in cultures, in our communities and in our minds – that transcend reductionist approaches.
The 2014 TANSA seminar series will explore the ongoing questions of what it means to be human. From theological perspectives such as human beings made in the image of God, the increasing colonisation of human and non-human life by technology, debates over human rights, and through to philosophical and scientific portraits of human existence, the seminar series will bring theological reflection into dialogue with these various understandings of human nature in order to aid us in understanding our place in the world.
The next event is on on THURSDAY APRIL 24 at 7pm at Laidlaw College's Auckland campus.
Dr. Stephen Garner, School of Theology, Mission & Ministry, Laidlaw College
"Natural born cyborgs? Are there technological boundaries to being human?"
Our new book!
Taking Rational Trouble Over the Mysteries
Reactions to Atheism
Pickwick Publications, 2013
Edited by Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Andrew Shepherd, this volume collects essays by New Zealand writers engaging "new atheists" and continuing themes. Most of these essays have come out of TANSA seminars and conferences.