Person, Personhood, and the Humanity of Christ


Hakbong Kim, Person, Personhood, and the Humanity of Christ: Christocentric Anthropology and Ethics in Thomas F. Torrance, Princeton Theological Monograph Series (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2021)


Kim, Hakbong. Person, Personhood, and the Humanity of Christ: Christocentric Anthropology and Ethics in Thomas F. Torrance. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2021

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Hakbong Kim is a Lecturer of Systematic Theology at Asia Center for Theological Studies and Mission (ACTS) and Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (PUTS) in South Korea.

A Torrance Studies Roundtable was held on Friday, September 24, 2021, as part of a Virtual Torrance Firbush Retreat. The session was convened by Tom Noble. Panelists included Dick Eugenio in the Philippines, Hakbong Kim in South Korea, and Stavan John in India. The 2021 Virtual Firbush Retreat home page, with session videos, is


The quest for an understanding of humanness has been significant. As the ways in which we recognize and define our human being have significant impact, wide-ranging discussions and questions about the human have taken place, with significant theoretical and practical implications. In Person, Personhood, and the Humanity of Christ, Hakbong Kim explores Thomas F. Torrance’s critiques of the dualist and individualistic views concerning human beings in the history of philosophy and theology. This book sheds important light on Torrance’s understanding of humans as persons in relation, the trinitarian personhood as the ontological foundation for human personhood, and the humanity of Christ as key to the personalization necessary for a new moral, ethical, and social life. This presents a Christocentric anthropology and ethics, which focuses on Christ’s ongoing reconciling and humanizing ministry for us.

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