Augustine's early theology of image : a study in the by Gerald P. Boersma

By Gerald P. Boersma

This booklet examines Augustine's early theology of the imago dei, ahead of his ordination (386-391). The e-book makes the case that Augustine's early idea is an important departure from Latin pro-Nicene theologies of photo just a iteration past. The booklet argues that even supposing Augustine's early theology of photograph builds on that of Hilary of Poitiers, Marius Victorinus, and Ambrose of Milan, Augustine used to be capable to Read more...

summary: This booklet examines Augustine's early theology of the imago dei, ahead of his ordination (386-391). The publication makes the case that Augustine's early suggestion is an important departure from Latin pro-Nicene theologies of photo just a new release previous. The booklet 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 a dead ringer for God. Augustine's Latin pro-Nicene predecessors understood the imago dei mostly as a Christological time period designating a cohesion of divine substance. in line with the ebook, Augustine's early theology of photograph has its preliminary departure now not within the controversy of Nicaea yet, particularly, within the philosophical engagement of Plotinian metaphysics, within which all finite truth is a picture of final fact. For this practice, a picture don't need to suggest equality; a picture might be roughly like its resource. The publication keeps 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 review of the character of "image" permits Augustine's early theology of similar 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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Tertullian wants to underscore that in the theophanies of the Old Testament Christ was seen dimly as through a glass. Prax. 14. 19. Prax. 23. 20 Tertullian does not limit the imago dei to Christ. For Tertullian, the human person also can legitimately be described as imago dei. 21 In De Baptismo, Tertullian asserts that the baptized are given new life according to the likeness of God; this likeness, which had been lost in the fall, is now restored in baptism through the breath of the Holy Spirit.

The challenge for Tertullian is to chart a course between the Scylla of failing to properly distinguish the divine Persons, as in modalism, and the Charybdis of proposing another God. Tertullian quickly affirms that the “other” (alius) who is seen in the theopanies is also God in every sense. By way of analogy, he suggests the distinction between the sun and its rays. 8 Nevertheless, in the economy of salvation the Son allows himself to be seen. Thus, the Old Testament theophanies are anticipations of the Incarnation, and the visibility of the Son is, for Tertullian, understood in light of this Incarnational principle.

In modern history, they have been termed modalists, a term coined by Adolf von Harnack that accurately portrays the “modes” in which they understood God to manifest himself. Ernest Evans, Tertullian’s Treatise Against Praxeas (London: SPCK, 1948), 10. Cf. “Monarchianism” in Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, ed. Everett Ferguson (New York: Garland, 1997). 3. Evans, Praxeas, 8. ” Adv. Prax 2. 4. Prax. 1. An excellent treatment of Tertullian’s theological response to Monarchianim is offered by Joseph Moingt, Théologie Trinitaire de Tertullien, vol.

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