<i>Imago Dei</i> as Rationality or Relationality: History and Construction

Molly C. Haslam

in A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780823239405
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239443 | DOI:
Imago Dei as Rationality or Relationality: History and Construction

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This chapter discusses the relevance of an alternative anthropology for theology. It responds to the questions of what it means to be human in the eyes of God and what it means to experience God. With Buber's help, the chapter suggests that the imago Dei has little to do with what capacity one may or may not possess. Rather, it suggests that which reflects the imago Dei participates in relationships of responsiveness to the world in nonobjectifying, utilitarian ways.

Keywords: Imago Dei; Genesis; Cuthbert A. Simpson; Thomas Aquinas; symbolism; John Calvin

Chapter.  9527 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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