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Dust And Life: The Creation Of The Human Person

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If Irenaeus presents the thrust of the creation saga as moving forward along a definite trajectory, aimed toward a specific purpose, it is certain that each of these has its definition in the formation of the human creature, image-bearer of the incarnate Son. The creation of humankind in the image and likeness of God only has meaning and relevance if it is the full communion of the Father with his Word and Wisdom who thus creates. When Irenaeus comes to consider the actual creation of the human person, he does so with explicit reference to the Genesis narrative. Irenaeus compares the soul's taking-on of the physical form of the body in which it dwells, to water poured into a mould and frozen, which thereafter possess the shape of its mould.

Keywords:creation saga; Genesis; God; human person; Irenaeus; soul

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