‘Welc(h)omo Naledi’! What does our newest relative have to say to us?

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dc.contributor.author Veldsman, D.P. (Daniel Petrus), 1959-
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-28T07:55:19Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-28T07:55:19Z
dc.date.issued 2016-08-31
dc.description This research is part of the project, ‘Religious Experience from an evolutionary perspective’, directed by Prof. Dr Danie Veldsman, Department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The new hominin fossil called Homo naledi that was discovered 2 years ago in the Dinaledi Chamber (South Africa) was welcomed into the species of human relatives on 10 September 2015. Welcomed? Representing at least 15 individuals with most skeletal elements repeated multiple times, this is the largest assemblage of a single species of hominins yet discovered in Africa. Do, however, these bones represent a new Homo species? It is this question that I have tried to capture in my playful grammatically incorrect title ‘Welc(ho)mo Naledi’! However, it is not this question that I will endeavour to answer, but a very different theological implication. My aim in this article is definitely not to argue an opinion on the diverse question regarding the discovery of the fossil skeletons from the Dinaledi Chamber. My aim is related but different, much more modest, restricted and focused. It is to ask ‘on the other historic side’ (that is, beyond the fossil record!) of Naledi about human distinctiveness and symbolic behaviour, specifically on soteriology. Within the broader contemporary philosophical-theological discourses on anthropology and specifically the fundamental question, ‘Are we special?’, I would like ultimately to take on the intriguing theological implications for soteriology from the Naledi (and earlier) findings. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Veldsman, D.P., 2016, ‘Welc(h)omo Naledi’! What does our newest relative have to say to us?’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 72(4), a3388. http://dx.DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3388. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (print)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3388
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/57052
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Human distinctiveness en_ZA
dc.subject Symbolic behaviour en_ZA
dc.subject Soteriology en_ZA
dc.subject Naledi en_ZA
dc.title ‘Welc(h)omo Naledi’! What does our newest relative have to say to us? en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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