Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Primary Subject Area
Anthropology, Cultural; Religion, General; Religion, Philosophy of
Anthropology, Apologetics, Pannenberg, Theology
Anthropology | Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Dickson, Jeffrey R., "Anthropological Apologetics: A Proposal of an Anthropological Compendium as Evidence for the Imago Dei" (2012). Masters Theses. 250.
Evangelical scholarship has shown great admiration for the work of Gary Habermas and others in their contribution to Christian apologetics by validating the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a list of minimal facts generally agreed to by historical and biblical scholars. This thesis will explore the methodology of the minimal facts approach and appropriate it as a tool to explore the data within the field of anthropology which offers evidence for the biblical concept of the Imago Dei. This study will focus on Wolfhart Pannenberg in his critically acclaimed work demonstrating the importance of the theological perspective in scientific anthropological studies. Here, it will be shown that data, as generally interpreted by scholars within the field of anthropology, exists to offer significant support to the biblical concept of the image of God.