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date: 19 May 2019

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This article contends that science and theology in dialogue recommend a nuanced understanding of both similarity and difference in the relationship of Homo sapiens to other animals. It begins by identifying anthropomorphism, the projection of human traits onto animals, as a pivotal issue around which scientists debate human uniqueness and the relationship of humans to other animals. Similarly, the article reviews the historical anthropocentric focus of Christian theology, Finally, it concludes with concrete proposals to shift the anthropocentric focus of theology by adopting updated science to inform Christian thought and emphasizing some existing theological options.

Keywords: Homo sapiens, modern humans, anthropomorphism, anthropocentric focus, Christian theology

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