Augustine's Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology by Gerald P. BoersmaAugustine's Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology by Gerald P. Boersma

Augustine's Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology

byGerald P. Boersma

Hardcover | January 29, 2016

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What does it mean for Christ to be the "image of God"? And, if Christ is the "image of God," can the human person also unequivocally be understood to be the "image of God"? Augustine's Early Theology of Image examines Augustine's conception of the imago dei and makes the case that itrepresents a significant departure from the Latin pro-Nicene theologies of Hilary of Poitiers, Marius Victorinus, and Ambrose of Milan only a generation earlier. Augustine's predecessors understood the imago dei principally as a Christological term designating the unity of divine substance. But, Gerald P. Boersma argues, Augustine affirms that Christ is an image of equal likeness, while the human person is an image of unequal likeness. Boersma's carefulstudy thus argues that a Platonic and participatory evaluation of the nature of "image" enables Augustine's early theology of the image of God to move beyond that of his Latin predecessors and affirm the imago dei both of Christ and of the human person.
Gerald P. Boersma is Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Bonaventure University.
Title:Augustine's Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene TheologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0 inPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAbbreviationsIntroductionPart One1. Hilary of Poitiers2. Marius Victorinus3. Ambrose of MilanPart Two4. The Plotinian Image5. Proteus and Participation6. The Analogical and Embodied Imago Dei7. The Ascent of the Image in De vera religioneEpilogue: The Imago Dei in De TrinitateNotesBibliographyIndex

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"A very clear, systematic, well-structured, scholarly and concise synthesis of the doctrine of imago deployed by Hilary of Poitiers, Marius Victorinus, and Ambrose of Milan. This book is a fine example of the history of ideas and illustrates the growth in Patristic theology by showing thatdevelopment is a central notion in Latin theology. Boersma succeeds in explaining the originality and complexities of Augustine's doctrine in a very lucid way." --Anthony Dupont, Research Professor of Christian Antiquity, Leuven University