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Title: Love as the Power with which God Shapes the World
Subtitle: Theological Anthropology and Human Experience
Author(s): HENRIKSEN, Jan-Olav
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 41    Issue: 3   Date: 2018   
Pages: 269-285
DOI: 10.2143/LS.41.3.3285317

Abstract :
This contribution aims at rooting theological anthropology in the human experience of relation, vulnerability, and love. It takes as its point of departure the psychological notion of ‘selfobject’ (Heinz Kohut) in order to understand the development of the human self in relation to the world, other persons, and God. Using a Peircean approach, it further articulates the role of signs in human experience. From this semiotic account, three transcendental conditions for human experience are deduced: Otherness, Mediation and Quality. Against this background, which allows for the location of the capacity for religion in close proximity to basic features of the human mode of being in the world, the transformative implications for a Christian understanding of God as unconditional love are brought to light.

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