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What Does It Mean to Be Human?

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Grace Lutheran Church

7550 Eubank Boulevard Northeast

Albuquerque, NM 87122

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For as long as humans have existed they have attempted to answer these questions: What is so special about us humans? From where do we originate and what distinguishes us from the rest of creation? What are we made up of? What is our purpose and destiny in life? Why should humans be blamed for something they did not commit? Philosophers, Christian theologians, anthropologists and scientists all have something to say. In this course we will address these important questions from a biblical and theological perspective. Some topics will include: (CEU 3.0)

  1. The origin of man

  2. The status of man within creation

  3. The problem with non-theological anthropologies: Luther and his “Disputation on Man” (1536)

  4. The image of God and its ethical implications for today

  5. The Humanum is formed and defined through relationships

  6. Dualism: soul and body

  7. The battle of Spirit and flesh

  8. Original sin and concupiscence: Why should I be blamed for something I did not do?

  9. Simul iustus et peccator: Are Lutherans correct on Romans 7:14-25?

  10. Past, contemporary and future discussions on man’s origin and destiny: Medieval theology, Enlightenment, Darwinism, humanism, Existentialism, Posthumanism

  11. What it means to be human in a technological society

  12. Mission as restoration of man to God’s likeness

  13. Sexualism and Transgenderism

  14. Approaching human life with a robust Trinitarian theology

Dr. Klaus Detlev Schulz

Dr. Schulz currently serves as professor in the Department of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne. He is also the director of the Ph.D. in Missiology Program and Dean of the Graduate School. From 1994–1998, Dr. Schulz was a missionary in Serowe, Botswana, for the Lutheran Church Mission of the Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Germany (S.E.L.K.). In 1984, Dr. Schulz earned his B.A. degree at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In 1988, he successfully completed his M.Div. studies at the Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Oberursel, Germany. In 1990, he earned his S.T.M. degree at CTSFW. He then served in the S.E.L.K. as vicar in Heidelberg, Germany, from 1990–1992. In 1994, he concluded his studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, by earning a Th.D. in Systematics. Dr Schulz has submitted the volume on Anthropology and Sin for the Confessional Dogmatic Series published through Luther Academy.


Oswald Bayer. “Being in the Image of God.” Lutheran Quarterly , Vol XXVII/Number 1 Spring 2013, 76-88.

Hans Schwarz. The Human Being: A Theological Anthropology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013

Klaus Detlev Schulz. Mission from the Cross. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2009.

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