Theology of the Human Person


Assoc. Prof. Adam Cooper Semester 2, 2020
Monday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

This unit elaborates an understanding of the origin, existence, and destiny of the human person, according to the scriptural, patristic, philosophical, and theological perspectives of the Christian tradition. Within the Christological hermeneutic of the Second Vatican Council’s Gaudium et spes, the unit will explore the biblical understanding of humanity’s creation in the image of God and recreation in the communion of the Trinity through the paschal mystery of Christ. This will include an outline of the historical elaboration of the language and meaning of grace and sin in the context of God’s relationship with humanity. Finally, the significance of Mary in the Catholic tradition will be examined, as one who is perceived, in the light of Christ, as an exemplar of graced human existence and destiny.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August



face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester, or in intensive mode


second level
  • two 1,000-word essays 40%
  • two 500-word reports 20%
  • one 1,500-word essay 40%
third level
  • two 1,000-word essays 40%
  • two 500-word reports 20%
  • one 2,000-word essay 40%


  • Anglican-Roman Catholic International Committee (ARCIC). Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. Harrisburg: Morehouse, 2005.
  • Boss, Sarah J., ed. Mary: The Complete Resource. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Duffy, Stephen J. The Dynamics of Grace: Perspectives in Theological Anthropology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993.
  • ———. The Graced Horizon: Nature and Grace in Modern Catholic Thought. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.
  • Harrison, Verna E. God’s Many-Splendored Image: Theological Anthropology for Christian Formation. Grand Rapids, MN: Baker Academic, 2010. 
  • International Theological Commission. Communion and Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God. 2004.
  • Ormerod, Neil. Creation, Grace and Redemption. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007.
  • Ross, Susan A. Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty. Engaging Theology: Catholic Perspectives. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • Sachs, John R. The Christian Vision of Humanity: Basic Christian Anthropology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.