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TitleImago dei: Man as the Image of God
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBenz, Ernst, and Alan F. Keele
JournalThe FARMS Review
KeywordsApotheosis; Deification; Early Christianity; Image of God

This translated lecture by the German theologian Ernst Benz probes the theological, philosophical, and mystical aspects of imago dei (man in the image of God) and its bearing on God’s relationship with man, especially as taught by the medieval theologian and mystic Master Eckhart. Benz discusses the true nature of human nobility and the apotheosis (deification) of man, an early Christian doctrine that disappeared in the fifth and sixth centuries but survived in Christian mysticism and is a unique feature of Mormon belief as revealed by its visionary founder, Joseph Smith.