The field of theological anthropology is at a standstill, mired in debate between dualist and physicalist perspectives on body and soul. In Crowned with Glory and Honor: A Chalcedonian Anthropology, Michael A. Wilkinson argues that the man Jesus is the way forward. Anthropology should be centered around Jesus.
God the Son incarnate is true man, like us in all things except sin. Wilkinson approaches human ontology through Christology by looking to the Chalcedonian Definition and its Christology. Chalcedon confesses the man Jesus to be the divine person of the Son subsisting in a human nature. A Chalcedonian anthropology extends Jesus’s person-nature constitution to define what it means to be human. A human being is a human person subsisting in a human nature. We are more than body and soul because Jesus is so much more.
This excellent work explores what, if anything, the man Jesus Christ can contribute to a theologically sound understanding of humankind. Impeccably researched, carefully argued, historically grounded, and quite persuasive, this book is a must-read!
—Gregg Allison, professor of Christian theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wilkinson’s investigation of a Chalcedonian anthropology gathers together resources from historical, biblical, and systematic theology that should have been brought together long ago. … This study is at the same time deeply conservative and courageously innovative.
—Fred Sanders, professor, Torrey Honors College, Biola University
On its own merits, this well-argued thesis deserves careful consideration. But it’s especially relevant at a time when what we are as humans is often disconnected from who and how we are in Christ.
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
This fresh work, building upon the christological consensus of Chalcedon, is a marvelous exploration of how the real humanity of Jesus Christ can provide direction in answering these pressing anthropological issues of our day. Highly recommended!
—Michael A. G. Haykin, professor of church history, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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Michael A. Wilkinson has served as a pastor-elder in Texas, as the director of a campus ministry at Harvard Law School, and as an adjunct professor of theology in Bozeman, Montana, where he now practices as a lawyer.