Man as an Image of God in Thomas Aquinas

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Man as an Image of God in Thomas Aquinas
Author: Yasuko Mitani
Specifications: ISBN  978-4861632730
226 pages
14.8 x 21.0 cm / 5.9 x 8.4 in (WxH)
Category: Academic & Science
Publisher: Tohoku University Press
Sendai, 2016
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The theological doctrine of imago Dei—the concept that humans were created in the image of God—was much discussed in medieval Europe. But in what sense are humans the image of God? The Italian Dominican friar Thomas Aquinas (1225–74) was among the most influential philosophers and theologians of the time, and this book delves into his thinking on the matter—a question that is still central to an understanding of the nature of humanity today.

Aquinas viewed humans as having a rational nature, with the capacity to reason and free will. In this volume, author Yasuko Mitani surveys Aquinas’s writings chronologically from the early Scriptum super libros Sententiarum (Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard; 1252–56), to Quaestiones disputatae de Veritate (Disputed Questions on Truth; 1256–59), to Summa Theologica (1265–73), tracing the evolution of his thinking on imago Dei. She brings into relief the distinctive new understanding at which Aquinas arrived, casting aside the significant role that “memory” had played in the views of Augustine of Hippo (354–430), the early Christian philosopher and theologian at one time considered the most famous thinker on the subject.