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Augustine's Early Theology of ImageA Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology$
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Gerald P. Boersma

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190251369

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251369.001.0001

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Hilary of Poitiers

Hilary of Poitiers

(p.19) I Hilary of Poitiers
Augustine's Early Theology of Image

Gerald P. Boersma

Oxford University Press

Hilary of Poitiers builds his image Christology on the foundation of the anti-Monarchian theology of Tertullian and Novatian. Important to these early Latin theologians is that Christ, the eternal image, is—like its source—invisible, immaterial, and eternal. Given that the “image of God” refers, for Hilary, to Christ’s consubstantial unity with the Father, he does not speak of the human person as the image of God, but as created ad imaginem dei—that is to say, the human person is created after the exemplum of the eternal image. The unity of divine substance entails, for Hilary, that there is no “likeness” (similitudo) in the eternal image; whereas, the human person is created in the likeness of a common image—that is, of the one common image who said “Let us make man in our image and likeness.”

Keywords:   Hilary of Poitiers, Tertullian, Novatian, Monarchian, common image, exemplum

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