POGOS: Christa McKirland on Fundamental Needs in Theological Anthropology – The Logos Institute Podcast for 05.11.18


In this interview with Dr. Christa McKirland, Jonathan and Stephanie Nicole discuss what it means to be human from a theological point of view.

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1:22 – From the nature of desire to fundamental needs?
2:13 – Garrett Thompson on the nature of fundamental needs
4:21 – On distinguishing between needs and desires
5:51 – Examples of needs & comparative importance of needs
7:30 – How do fundamental needs relate to the imago dei?
11:04 – Does need entail lack?
16:22 – Inclusivity in theological anthropology & the problems with substance or capacity approaches to the image of God
23:33 – Fundamental needs pre-Fall and post-Fall
27:33 – Incarnation Anyway and Fundamental Human Needs

Christa L. McKirland is a Research Fellow in the Logos Institute. Her research proposes a pneumatologically-Christocentric anthropology based upon the significance and uniqueness of the fundamental human need for intentional dependence upon the divine presence.

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Jonathan C Rutledge is a producer and host of the Logos Institute’s official podcast, Pogos. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied under Linda T. Zagzebski, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in divinity at the University of St Andrews under Alan J. Torrance. His primary academic interests lie in the areas of epistemology, philosophy of religion, and systematic & analytic theology. His current projects include work on the nature of forgiveness, a sacrificial account of atonement, philosophical Arminianism as an account of divine creation, and constructing a new Foley-inspired account of epistemic rationality & defeat.

Stephanie Nicole Nordby is also a producer and co-host of Pogos. She is a doctoral student in theology working under supervisors N.T. Wright and Oliver Crisp at the University of St Andrews. Her dissertation project is a book on Christology in which she hopes to integrate recent work in biblical studies on Second Temple Judaism, the philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, and the idea of the Incarnation as a revelatory act. Prior to her time at St Andrews, Nordby received a Ph.D. in philosophy under the supervision of Linda Zagzebski at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation focused on divine predication and attributes, biblical genres and philosophy of language, and classical theism and the Hebrew Scriptures. In addition to her interest in analytic and exegetical theology, Nordby is interested in metaphysics, animal ethics, and virtue ethics.

Eustace Nordby is in Pupfessor of Canine Dogmatics at the Logos Institute. He is an expert on Karl Bark and Wolfhart Pannenberg. His theological hero is Francis of Assisi, and in his free time he enjoys a good game of chase on on the East Sands. From time to time, Eustace helps out with Pogos recordings.