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The Kindness of GodMetaphor, Gender, and Religious Language$
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Janet Martin Soskice

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269502.001.0001

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Imago Dei

Imago Dei

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The Kindness of God

Janet Martin Soskice

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the nature of Christian anthropology and it relations to other branches of holy teaching. One branch considered is ‘theology’, a term used generally to cover all manner of religious thought, but which here means ‘the doctrine of God’. Christian anthropology is close to theology because human beings are created by God, and the destiny of all reasoning creatures is to share in the life of God. Rabbinic sources show some hesitancy in speaking of man as the image of God. The Genesis text also speaks about sexual difference. The chapter concludes that God is love, and that sexual difference is instrumental to marriage.

Keywords:   Genesis, sexual difference, theology, Christian anthropology, doctrine of God, God's image

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