Department

Seminary

Degree

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Chair

Dan Mitchell

Primary Subject Area

Anthropology, Cultural; Religion, General; Religion, Philosophy of

Keywords

Anthropology, Apologetics, Pannenberg, Theology

Disciplines

Anthropology | Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

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.