Umsonst 978-3-16-150940-7 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Ingolf U. Dalferth

Umsonst

Eine Erinnerung an die kreative Passivität des Menschen

[For Free. A Reminder of the Creative Passivity of Human Beings.]

2011. XII, 245 pages.
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ISBN 978-3-16-150940-7
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Published in German.
We have gotten used to regarding humans as deficient beings, who would have no chance in the struggle for existence if they did not know how to actively compensate for the weaknesses of their biological nature by means of technology, morals, media, religion and culture. In contrast, Ingolf U. Dalferth sees them as creatures of possibility whose lives are not based on their deeds but on what happens to them, and whose destiny does not depend on the differentiation between human and non-human animals but rather on the differentiation between humane and inhumane humans.
We have gotten used to regarding humans as deficient beings, who would have no chance in the struggle for existence if they did not know how to actively compensate for the weaknesses of their biological nature by means of technology, morals, media, religion and culture. In contrast, Ingolf U. Dalferth sees them as creatures of possibility whose lives are not based on their deeds but on what happens to them, and whose destiny does not depend on the differentiation between human and non-human animals but rather on the differentiation between humane and inhumane humans. Thus the crucial challenge for theology is not evolutionary biology and neurobiology but rather the ethical, political and theological question of the destiny of the humanity of human beings.
Authors/Editors

Ingolf U. Dalferth Geboren 1948; 1977 Promotion; 1982 Habilitation; Professor emeritus für Systematische Theologie, Symbolik und Religionsphilosophie an der Universität Zürich; seit 2008 Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion an der Claremont Graduate University in Kalifornien.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 137 (2012), S. 348–350 (Ulrich H.J. Körtner)
In: Theo-Web — 11 (2012), S. 310–311
In: PV-Aktuell — 2012, Nr. 1, S. 16 (Karl-Friedrich Wiggermann)
In: Reformierte Presse — 2013, Nr. 15, S. 8 (Matthias Zeindler)
In: Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger — 66 (2013), S. 303–315 (Burkard Liebsch)