The conference ‘Relation, Vulnerability, Love: Theological Anthropology in the 21st Century’ was organized by the Anthropos Research Group, housed in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven.


Research project 2010-2016

What does it mean to be human? The effort to answer such a question seems to be ever-evolving, as recent socio-political, cultural, and ecological developments have provoked new challenges, the outcome of which often features one-sided views of humanity. These views quickly get a hold of both public opinion and the socio-cultural context(s) in which people and their communities establish their identities. For example, recent developments in bio-medical sciences and technology (e.g. DNA research, cloning, etc.) have led to philosophical and ethical controversies concerning the human person: such controversies, while intricate in nature, often are reductively portrayed in the political, social, and even religious arenas. At stake in these (among other) developments, however, is the very question ‘Who/What is humanity?’. At the same time, disciplines such as psychology, economics, sociology, philosophy, et al appear to be overthrowing traditional concepts of humanity, only complicating matters further.

Theology is thus challenged to formulate an inspiring response. Anthropos is an interdisciplinary project of fundamental theologians and theological ethicists seeking to develop a renewed theological anthropology rooted in the Christian tradition and in dialogue with contemporary science and philosophy. With the traditional triptych of creation, sin/grace, and redemption as its guiding light, it aims at developing a coherent vision.

Lines of research

1. Created in God’s image: human nature questioned

2. Sin and grace: obsolete theological concepts?

3. Looking for fulfillment: the strength of the Christian notion of salvation


Theological Anthropology Blog

As a research group we maintain a Theological Anthropology Blog with the purpose of exploring the intersection of theology and daily life.  We believe that the relationship between seemingly abstract theological doctrines and concrete life experiences often remains unclear, and we are convinced that both need each other.

Therefore, we strive to explore the concrete implications of seemingly abstract doctrines, or vice versa, reflect on the theological meaning of contemporary events.  Politics and economics, sport and the arts, modern parenthood, human rights, literature and film are a few of the many topics in our ambit.


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