The following are notes from Megan DeFranza’s plenary talk.
*Disclosure: The following views are not my own but I believe faithfully represent the views of the speaker as best I could catch them in my notes.*
Imago Dei: Theological Anthropology in a Hall of Mirrors
Current context makes TA interesting because our current knowledge of our self is constantly changing.
- Substantival View: Rationality = soul
- Functional View: “Let them rule” à “Let him rule”
- Relational View: “Male and Female”
- Strengths: Women are fully included in the image // Men cannot image God without women // Recovering value of sexual/spousal love as an image of divine love
- Weaknesses: Paradigmatic “other”/”Mother” = no room for real women, feminine diversity, female humanity beyond womanhood // Privileges “Spousal love” as paradigmatic of divine love, Devalues singleness // Spousal love become sexual love, sexualizes the Trinity, Devalues celibacy, asexuals, sexual dysfunction
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