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Published: 25 August 2016

344 Pages


ISBN: 9780198784982

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Humanity in God's Image

An Interdisciplinary Exploration

Claudia Welz

  • Offers a systematic discussion of the age-old idea of 'humanity in God's image'
  • Clarifies the meaning of the biblical notion of the imago Dei, which in the New Testament is linked to the imago Christi, while focusing on the question of what the idea of 'humanity in God's image' signifies in modern times
  • Traces different interpretations of 'humanity in God's image' through the centuries and reformulate the imago Dei motif in the context of contemporary debates on the epistemological status of images, signs, and metaphorical language visualizing the invisible
  • Discusses theological and ethical questions in regard to human dignity, which has traditionally been grounded in the thought that all human beings have been created in God's image
  • Authors discussed range from Luther, Bonhoeffer, and Kierkegaard through Nicholas of Cusa to Levinas and Leonard Cohen—and many more