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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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The Ascent of the Image in De vera religione

The Ascent of the Image in De vera religione

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(p.224) VII The Ascent of the Image in De vera religione
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Augustine's Early Theology of Image
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Gerald P. Boersma

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251369.003.0008

The chapter focuses on De vera religione, the culmination of Augustine’s early theology of the imago dei. The chapter argues that in De vera religione, Augustine articulates a theology of ascent in the context of Plotinus’s metaphysics of the return of an image to participate most fully in its source. Augustine insists that a successful ascent of the image is predicated on the initial descent in grace of the imago dei in the Incarnation. Augustine’s early theology of ascent expressed in De vera religione suggests that the created image of God needs to be refashioned according to the eternal image of God.

Keywords:   De vera religione, theory of ascent, Incarnation, grace, Plotinus, image

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