Christ and Human Flourishing (2014)

How is Christ the key to human flourishing?


Our December 2014 consultation asks what ramifications Christ’s relation to humanity more broadly has for human flourishing in particular. That is, if ‘flourishing’ lines up theological anthropology, soteriology, and ethics with a broader understanding of the ‘good life,’ of what import is Christology to this constellation of theological loci? To what degree is Jesus Christ the model or paradigm of human flourishing? What is the relation between limitation and participation, or what are the concrete, lived effects of human participation in Christ? What does the Biblical narration of Jesus’ life reveal to us about the sort of creatures we are meant to be and about the conditions of our fullest flourishing or our flourishing ‘between the ages’? And of what relation is the depiction of flourishing revealed in the life of Christ to the so-called ‘natural ends of human flourishing’? In conversation with four invited scholars - Marianne Meye Thompson, Joseph Wawrykow, Stephen Pope, and Christopher Beeley - this consultation will begin to articular a methodology for thinking about human flourishing in its manifold dimensions through the lens of the life and person of Christ, one that will lay the groundwork for our future program of God and Human Flourishing consultations. 

Contributing Scholars

Christopher A. Beeley
Yale Divinity School

Christopher A. Beeley is Walter H. Gray Associate Professor of Anglican Studies and Patristics at Yale Divinity School. He is the editor of the Patristic Monograph Series and a director of the North American Patristics Society, a previous director of the American Society of Church History, a steering committee chair of the Society of Biblical Literature, and a founding member of the Episcopal Gathering of Leaders. An Episcopal priest, he has served parishes in Connecticut, Indiana, Texas, and Virginia, and he contributes to Berkeley Divinity School’s Anglican formation program. 

Christopher A. Beeley, “Christ and Human Flourishing in Patristic Theology

Stephen J. Pope
Boston College

Stephen J. Pope is Professor of Theology at Boston College. His research interests include Christian ethics and evolutionary theory, charity and natural law in Aquinas, and Roman Catholic social teachings. He has written The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love (Georgetown, 1994) and Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2007), and he has edited Essays on the Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas (Georgetown, 2001). 

Stephen J. Pope, “Jesus Christ and Human Flourishing: An Incarnational Perspective

Marianne Meye Thompson
Fuller Theological Seminary

Marianne Meye Thompson is George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. She has developed advanced-level interdisciplinary courses that integrate biblical interpretation with other disciplines of the theological curriculum. A member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, she has participated in various projects at the Center of Theological Inquiry, including “The Scripture Project” and “The Identity of Jesus,” as well as ”Teaching the Bible in the 21st Century” at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. 

Marianne Meye Thompson, “Alpha and Omega – and Everything in Between

Joseph P. Wawrykow
University of Notre Dame

Joseph Wawrykow teaches in the Theology department at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also a fellow of the Medieval Institute. He is the author of God’s Grace and Human Action (1995) and The Westminster Handbook to Thomas Aquinas (2005), and co-editor of Christ Among the Medieval Dominicans (1998) and The Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2005).

Joseph Wawrykow, “Aquinas and Bonaventure on Christ and Human Flourishing

The God and Human Flourishing consultations are sponsored by the McDonald Agape Foundation.