Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective (Zondervan, 2016)
Many theologians begin their discussion of the human person by claiming that in some way Jesus Christ reveals what it means to be “truly human,” but this often has little impact in the material presentation of their anthropology. Although modern theologians often fail to reflect robustly on the relationship between Christology and anthropology, though this has not necessarily been the case throughout church history.
In Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective, Marc Cortez looks at the ways several key theologians—Gregory of Nyssa, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, John Zizioulas, and James Cone—have used Christology to inform their understanding of the human person. Based on this historical study, he concludes with a constructive proposal for how Christology and anthropology should work together to inform our view of what it means to be human.
Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark, 2010)
This is an introduction to several challenging topics in theological anthropology: the image of God, gender and sexuality, mind/body, and free will. The chapters aim to guide the reader through the complexities of each issue and the surrounding debates rather than offer its own arguments in favor of one particular approach.
“The study of theological anthropology raises notoriously difficult issues. In this very well-informed book, Marc Cortez addresses some of the toughest of these issues,and he does so in a way that is not only clear-headed and insightful but also scrupulously fair and gracious.” ~Tom McCall (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
“Cortez provides an accessible, broad and penetrating introduction to several key ideas in the area of theological anthropology.” ~Kyle Strobel (Theological Book Review)
“clear-sighted yet imaginative.” ~Luke Penkett (Heythrop Journal)
“this excellent introduction would be an outstanding resource for pastors, students, and other Christian leaders.” ~Brian Newby with Glenn R. Kreider (Bibliotheca Sacra)
This book explores the relationship between Christology and anthropology, seeking to understand better what means to say that Jesus reveals what it means to be human. Using Karl Barth as my primary dialog partner, and contemporary debates in philosophy of mind about the relationship between the mind and the body as my case study, the book argues that Christology provides a necessary and invaluable starting point for understanding the human person.
“a careful, theologically sensitive essay in philosophical theology that ought to be taken seriously.” ~Oliver Crisp (Fuller Seminary)
“a superior book which takes debate about Barth’s anthropology in a significant fresh direction.” ~John Webster (University of Aberdeen)
“It is not possible to be serious about theological anthropology without engaging with this extremely significant monograph.” ~Alan Torrance (University of St. Andrews)
“Marc Cortez…demonstrates an impressive mastery of both theology and philosophy in this probing book about Karl Barth’s anthropology.” ~Stephen H. Webb (Reviews in Religion & Theology)
“An excellent entryway into philosophical debates regarding mind and body for the uninitiated…Cortez has done a great service.” ~Michael Allen (Themelios)
“an impressive piece of scholarship which evidences deep familiarity with all the pertinent issues.” ~Stephen Yates (New Blackfriars)