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Augustine's Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology

Gerald P. Boersma


This book examines Augustine’s early theology of the imago dei, prior to his ordination (386–391). The book makes the case that Augustine’s early thought is a significant departure from Latin pro-Nicene theologies of image only a generation earlier. The book argues that although Augustine’s early theology of image builds on that of Hilary of Poitiers, Marius Victorinus, and Ambrose of Milan, Augustine was able to affirm, in ways that his predecessors were not, that both Christ and the human person are the image of God. Augustine’s Latin pro-Nicene predecessors understood the imago dei principa ... More

Keywords: Augustine, image of God, likeness, participatory evaluation, pro-Nicene, Plotinian metaphysics, Hilary of Poitiers, Marius Victorinus, Ambrose of Milan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190251369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald P. Boersma, author
Assistant Professor of Theology, St. Bonaventure University