By Gerald P. Boersma

ISBN-10: 0190251360

ISBN-13: 9780190251369

This booklet examines Augustine's early theology of the imago dei, sooner than his ordination (386-391). The booklet makes the case that Augustine's early inspiration is an important departure from Latin pro-Nicene theologies of photograph just a new release past. The publication argues that even though Augustine's early theology of snapshot builds on that of Hilary of Poitiers, Marius Victorinus, and Ambrose of Milan, Augustine was once capable to Read more...

summary: This booklet examines Augustine's early theology of the imago dei, ahead of his ordination (386-391). The booklet makes the case that Augustine's early suggestion is an important departure from Latin pro-Nicene theologies of picture just a iteration previous. The e-book argues that even if Augustine's early theology of photo builds on that of Hilary of Poitiers, Marius Victorinus, and Ambrose of Milan, Augustine was once in a position to confirm, in ways in which his predecessors weren't, that either Christ and the human individual are identical to God. Augustine's Latin pro-Nicene predecessors understood the imago dei largely as a Christological time period designating a solidarity of divine substance. based on the ebook, Augustine's early theology of photo has its preliminary departure no longer within the controversy of Nicaea yet, relatively, within the philosophical engagement of Plotinian metaphysics, within which all finite truth is a picture of final truth. For this practice, a picture needn't suggest equality; a picture will be roughly like its resource. The ebook continues that Augustine's early writings describe Christ as a picture of equivalent likeness whereas the human individual is a picture of unequal likeness. A Platonic and participatory assessment of the character of "image" allows Augustine's early theology of identical to God to maneuver past that of his Latin predecessors and confirm the imago dei either one of Christ and of the human individual

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Russel J. DeSimone, The Treatise of Novatian the Roman Presbyter on the Trinity (Rome: Institutum Patristicum, 1970), 102. Hilary of Poitiers 31 Novatian is less clear than Tertullian in distinguishing between the eternal nature of the Son and his manifestation in the economy (logos-sarx theology). For Novatian, Christ as “image of God” is most fundamentally revealer of the Father. His nature as revealer is evident both in the Old Testament theophanies and in the Incarnation. If the image is to be the visible manifestation of the invisible God, he must be united to and distinct from the Father, maintains Novatian, in traditional anti-Monarchian terms.

Using Proteus as an analogy of the incarnate Christ, Augustine overcomes the skepticism of the New Academy by affirming the possibility that the finite order can participate in and reveal infinite reality. In chapter VI I turn to consider Augustine’s early theology of the imago dei. The previously developed philosophical account of an image— which is “true” or revelatory inasmuch as it is not static and “unhinged” but exists by way of participation in the source that draws it to return to itself—is the ground of Augustine’s early theology of the imago dei.

Paul Burns, “West Meets East in the De Synodis of Hilary of Poitiers,” Studia Patristica 28 (1993): 24–28; Michel Meslin, “Hilaire et la crise arienne,” in Hilaire et son Temps (Paris: Études Augustinienne, 1969), 19–42. 65. Syn. 13; PL 10 490. 66. Syn. 13; PL 10 490. 67. Syn. 15; PL 10 491–492. 68. Syn. 15; PL 10 492. 69. Syn. 15; PL 10 492: Atque ita in his paribus divinitatis bonis intelligitur neque ille minor esse, cum filius sit; neque hic praestare, cum pater sit: cum patri filius et coimaginatus ad speciem sit, nec sit dissimilis in genere; quia diversitatem substantiae geniti ex substantia patris filii similitudo non recipit, et omnem in se divinitatis paternae, qualis et quanta forma est, invisibilis Dei filus et imago complecitur: et hoc vere est esse filium, paternae scilicet formae veritatem coimaginatae in se naturae perfecta similitudine retulisse.

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