Orlando Espín, Th.D., Professor of Systematic Theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego and Co-Coordinator of the CLGS Latino/a Roundtable, delivered the fifth annual John E. Boswell Lecture on Tuesday evening, April 24, 2012, titled, "“Who is Human? – The Subversive Question at the Heart of Christianity."
Christians claim that God definitively revealed Godself in and as a human life. Christians also claim that the most crucial moral imperative is to love one's fellow human beings because they are human. Therefore, to ask, “who is human?” is an inescapably subversive question at the heart of Christianity. This question addresses the scandalous Christian claim regarding God, and it establishes the dignity of humanness as the foundation of all ethics and the rights of humans as the non-negotiable moral "line in the sand."