What are Persons?

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. She is also Honorary Professor at Wuhan University and at the Logos Institute, St. Andrews, and a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books includeAquinas(2003),Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering(2010), andAtonement(2018). from Australian Catholic University

What does it mean to be a 'person'? How do persons differ from other living things? Must all human beings be persons? Always? When does personhood start—during childhood, at birth. Defining personhood is a controversial topic in philosophy, the law and science.

We in the West no longer base our thinking, moving and being in God, therefore we no longer adhere to a stable, fixed understanding of humanity. People dont come from a mold or design, have any vision, or are designed with any telos (purpose). They may have a body, but it tells them nothing about ontology (beginnings) and purpose. We have become radically self-expressive at the expense of all else in society or the world. The resulting worldview is secularist paganism— people worship themselves and the things they consume.

What then is it for YOU to BE in the world, right now at this moment? Are you consumed with things, or career? Your life is short, you could die tomorrow. Have you stopped to contemplate your life? If you are a Christian have you become a Christian Atheist? Do you beleive in God but do not know him?

Take this opportrunity made by God through the current situation in our world to slow down and pray and consider your life and your God!

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