The Human Being: Understanding Humanity through God and Reason

In Dominique Bertrand, A. J. Gottschalk, Erin McDonald & Britta Spaulding (eds.), Convergence: Being Human – The 2nd Annual Anthropology Graduate Student Association Interdisciplinary Symposium. Anthropology Graduate Student Association, Univ. at Buffalo. pp. 49-60 (2012)

Robert J. Rovetto
American Military University
In order to understand humanity we must explore and understand our relation to the world, to God and to ourselves. This can be done, in part, by grasping the metaphors in religious texts. More specifically, the symbolism entrenched in Biblical passages and ideas are statements expressing aspects of the human being, the human condition, reality and the relation(s) among them. In this communication I explore these symbolisms following discussion of some preliminary ideas, and explain the former in terms of the latter. Moreover, morality, meaning and purpose can be derived from an understanding of these symbolisms. Morality, love, reason, wisdom, creativity, reality, God and Truth are all interrelated. They help us to grasp what the human being is. I take the stance that humanity—or self-aware willful consciousness rational agents, more generally—holds a positive and unique position in the universe. A comprehension of the general idea(s), herein, is invaluable to the human being because it presents uplifting conceptions of humanity. The individual can (should) come to see themselves rationally as a source of great positive (good) potential within their local community and humanity as a whole.
Keywords human nature  person  philosophy of religion  God  reason
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