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De Homine ad imaginem Dei creato

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This chapter talks about man as created in the image of God. Man is clearly the high point and goal of nature's lower order, yet he also belongs to a higher order, he is the 'sum' of everything and the bond that links earthly and heavenly things. One views the creation of man as two-fold: a first and immediate one and a second, mediated one. The former is of the first parents, the latter of the other people they brought forth. God also created man to consist of two parts, "a body and a soul", although elsewhere Holy Scripture divides it into three parts, body, soul, and spirit, taking the word soul in a stricter sense. The first distinction is the main one, the second is useful. God created humans of two sexes "male and female He created them", namely, for the propagation of the human race in the world.

Keywords: body; Holy Scripture; image of God; man; soul; spirit



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