Explore how our encounter with God profoundly shapes our understanding of what it means to be human.
In this must-have course, you will encounter Christian anthropology: the branch of theology that articulates the meaning of human existence in light of Christ's revelation. With expert presenter Sr. Sara Fairbanks as your guide, you will examine the multifaceted Christian perspective on humanity's place in the evolving universe. As you ask the deep questions of ultimate meaning, you will explore our origin, purpose, goal, and future destiny.
In 12 illuminating lectures, you will gain fresh insights into your relationship with God as you delve into different facets of the human experience in historical and cultural contexts. You will explore what science tells us about God's relationship with creation. You will also discover what contemporary theologians say about humanity's place in the unfolding universe and the mystery of human suffering.
Next, you will ponder new developments in the Christian understanding of sin and grace. You will explore how God chooses to draw near to humanity in healing love and forgiveness. As you will discover, human flourishing is realized only in our relationship with God. Finally, you will explore eschatology through an evolutionary lens as the final fulfillment of all creation in communion with the Triune God.
This is more than just a course - it is a chance to deepen your relationship with God as you explore the big questions of the universe.
"Sara Fairbanks’s expertise in the university classroom as both an undergraduate and graduate teacher for the past 17 years makes her an extraordinary communicator of theological practice and theory.... The student interested in the Christian understanding of humanity will become a new enthusiast for the subject when exposed to her contribution to Now You Know Media." (Mark E. Wedig, OP, associate dean, Barry University)
"Sr. Sara Fairbanks, O.P., Ph.D. is an excellent scholar and a master teacher in her field. She is one of those great professors who are able to clearly correlate the theological tradition with today’s culture. Here she takes the fruit of her many years teaching in the classroom and makes it accessible to all who are wise enough to listen." (Rev. Jorge Presmanes, OP, DMin, associate professor of theology, Barry University)