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God and human beings

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Anthropology was an important topic in Roman Catholic theology in the second half of the 20th century. Roman Catholic anthropology is above all theological; the theology of religions is based on a theological anthropology in which human beings created in the image of God stand at the centre and as the object of his love. The major architect of this &t;anthropological turn&t; in theology was Karl Rahner. Rahnerian theology is "to formulate Christology as a self-transcendent anthropology, and that anthropology in its turn as a deficient Christology". One of the consequences of the anthropological turn is that all humanity becomes a shared unity, with its joys and sorrows. Universal natural law was an important point of contact in Roman Catholic theology between Christians and non-Christians already in the 1960s. In Roman Catholic theology there is an interrelation between theological anthropology and Christology, which is its culmination.

Keywords: anthropological turn; anthropology; Christians; God; human beings; Karl Rahner; non-Christians; Rahnerian theology; Roman Catholic theology; universal natural law

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