The Imago Dei’s Conformity with God according to Mastricht and Edwards in Participation

This paper endeavors to provide a detailed examination concerning the doctrine of the imago Dei within the Christian faith from the perspective of the Reformed tradition in the theologies of both Petrus Van Mastricht and Jonathan Edwards. The first area of emphasis of this study concerns the role of Conformity in the telos of the imago De and what was lost in mankind fall into sin. The second area of emphasis concerns how Edwards develops his doctrine of Participation as the sole vehicle by which God brings redemption of the elect through the restoration imago Dei and its conformity to God. The inherent presence of the imago Dei in humanity distinguishes us as the most exceptional of all other sentient living creatures on the earth, and even of those in heaven. For it is in this divine image which our supreme value and identity as rational and moral creatures called humans is determined. It is contended here that it is solely in the ontology of this Divine image that we will discover the blessings of our identity and faculties for knowledge, understanding, our will, as well as the disposition for spiritual awareness and its affection for the glory of our Triune God.

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