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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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Epilogue: The Imago Dei in De Trinitate

Epilogue: The Imago Dei in De Trinitate

(p.254) Epilogue: The Imago Dei in De Trinitate
Augustine's Early Theology of Image

Gerald P. Boersma

Oxford University Press

This last chapter examines how the participatory metaphysic underwriting Augustine’s early theology continues to animate his mature theology of image. While mens is the principal locus of the imago dei, the chapter also addresses how De Trinitate speaks of the body in relation to the divine image. The brief analysis of the imago dei in De Trinitate makes clear that a Platonic participatory ontology continues to be the determining line of continuity between Augustine’s early and later theologies of the image of God. Augustine’s mature thought affirms that an ontology of the human person qua image is intelligible only within a dynamic Platonic participatory metaphysic of return. Because the imago dei implies a supernatural orientation, Augustine cannot conceive of human life as independent from the God in whom we live and move and have our being. Augustine’s mature theology of image is underwritten by the real relation on the part of the creature to God, which marks and sustains all finite being.

Keywords:   De Trinitate, relation, body, imago dei, mens

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