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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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The Analogical and Embodied Imago Dei

The Analogical and Embodied Imago Dei

(p.189) VI The Analogical and Embodied Imago Dei
Augustine's Early Theology of Image

Gerald P. Boersma

Oxford University Press

In De diversis quaestionibus octoginta tribus, Augustine suggests that an image does not imply equality (aequalitas); there can be more or less equal images. The same is true of the imago dei. Augustine is intent to affirm that both Christ and the human person areimago dei, but in an unequal likeness. It is precisely the image theology that Augustine articulates at Cassiciacum—the notion that a finite reality can point to and participate in something beyond itself—that allows for various degrees of likeness to an image and, therefore, for various degrees of likeness to the imago dei. Augustine also goes beyond the earlier Latin pro-Nicene tradition in affirming the imago dei of the human person’s embodied nature. Already in his first commentary on Genesis, De Genesi contra Manichaeos, Augustine is keen to affirm that the body and gender also participate in the image of God.

Keywords:   aequalitas, imago, body, Genesis, gender, inner man, De Genesi contra Manichaeos, De diversis quaestionibus

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