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.