What does the Lutheran systematic theologian from South Africa, Klaus Nürnberger, find
‘ourselves to be’, that is, what is his viewpoint on anthropology? Nürnberger has recently
taken on the task of formulating anew his anthropological viewpoint in his two-volume Faith
in Christ today (2016). I will focus on this publication as well as an earlier publication on
anthropology, namely ‘Dust of the ground and breath of life (Gn 2:7): The notion of “life” in
ancient Israel and emergence theory’ (2012). Having discussed his rich and broadly science-theology–defined anthropological viewpoint on ‘what we find ourselves to be’, only one
dimension of ‘more than dust’ is critically engaged with, namely his understanding of the
‘emotive’ or ‘affective’ dimension of being human. From contemporary neuroscientific
viewpoints on emotions as well as philosophical viewpoints on the layeredness of affectivity,
I critically engage with Nürnberger’s viewpoint.
INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : The question of being human
(philosophical anthropology) is addressed within the context of the contemporary science–theology dialogues on anthropology. The critical question on the undervalued role of
affectivity within Klaus Nürnberger’s perspective is asked from insights from neuroscientific
and philosophical viewpoints on emotions and affectivity.