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The Theological Epistemology of Augustine's De Trinitate$
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Luigi Gioia

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553464

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553464.001.0001

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The Image of God

The Image of God

(p.232) 11 The Image of God
The Theological Epistemology of Augustine's De Trinitate

Luigi Gioia

Oxford University Press

This chapter makes explicit the doctrine of creation which underlies the doctrine of the image of God through the analysis of the De uera religione, the Confessions, and the De Genesi ad litteram and of its difference from the doctrines of Plato, Plotinus, and Marius Victorinus. It follows a description of the doctrine of the image of God in the De Trinitate. Knowledge through love constitutes the inner dynamism of the image of God. The drive inscribed in us by creation is based on the incommensurable gap existing between the teleological character of our created nature and the absolutely transcendent, gracious, and in the end eschatological nature of this same God‐given goal. The image of God corresponds to our dependence on God not only for our existence, but for the possibility of our knowing and loving and reaching the fulfilment of that for which we were created. We reach our fulfilment when this dependence in being, knowledge, and love becomes conscious and is converted into worship, i.e. ac‐knowledged, thankful dependence.

Keywords:   image of God, creation, De uera religione, Confessions, De genesi ad litteram, Plato, Plotinus, Marius Victorinus, knowledge, love, worship

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