Argument for Materialism Compatibility with the Imago Dei

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Anthony Campbell 4-2-08 Reflection on Kevin Corcoran’s Argument for Materialism Compatibility with the Imago Dei When presented with the Imago Dei , Corcoran defends the constitution view by arguing that we are created in the image of God in a less direct way than having an immaterial soul responsible for our intellect, will and emotion that mirrors the immateriality of God. Rather than the presence of a soul that mirrors God, Corcoran believes that we mirror God through our dominion of the earth and all creation, through holding loving relationships to other human beings, and through suffering for the sake of others. Our dominion is God given, our relationships presumably model the relationship of the Trinity, and our suffering for the sake of others is to love those others as Jesus so loved us. Corcoran points out that none of these ways in
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Unformatted text preview: which we can image God necessitates dualism or materialism. I agree; however, I noticed that these are ways in which we might image God. God did not make us in these images; he made us with the capacities for these images. Indeed, there are examples of people who might not have fulfilled any of these images. We do not necessarily live in loving relation with our fellow human beings, we do not necessarily love and suffer for those around us, and we do not necessarily care for our environment as dominion entails. It seems to me that to have an immaterial component of our person that happens to compel us in these things is closer to an image of God. The things themselves are not images of God, but the immaterial compulsion to fulfill them is the image of God....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHI 006 taught by Professor Sharpe during the Spring '08 term at Westmont.

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