Identity and idolatry : the image of God and its inversion /
Richard Lints.
Downers Grove, Illinois : InterVarsity Press, [2015]
192 pages ; 22 cm
083082636X, 9780830826360
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Downers Grove, Illinois : InterVarsity Press, [2015]
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Living inside the text : canon and creation -- A strange bridge : connecting the image and the idol. Getting started on the wrong foot : creation and image ; Human identity and human nature -- The liturgy of creation in the cosmic temple. The first table as prologue ; The liturgy of creation ; The house that God built -- The image of God on the temple walls. Introduction ; Image and original ; Signs of reflection ; A reflected relationship ; The first table background : kings and representatives ; After the first table : sonship and sacredness ; Prelude to idolatry -- Turning the imago dei upside down : idolatry and the prophetic stance. After creation -- whence is the image? ; Divine fidelity and the image ; The decalogue and the diatribe against idolatry ; The golden calf -- the 'great sin' of idolatry ; Covenantal identity and idolatry across the Old Testament ; Idolatry and adultery -- Inverting the inversion : idols and the perfect image in the New Testament. Turning the story upside down ; Setting the context ; Idolatry and the Gentile mission ; Theologies of idols ; Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 10 ; Narratives of idolatry : Acts 7 and 17 ; The perfect image ; Being in the image of the image -- The rise of suspicion : the religious criticism of religion. Idolatry as ideological criticism : the stage is set ; Idolatry as psychological projection ; Idolatry as alienation and oppression ; Idolatry and the origin of religion ; Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) -- Significance and security in a new key. The crisis of identity and the idolatries of consumption ; Christian identity and plastic narratives ; An eternal story told across time.
"Genesis 1:26-27 has served as the locus of most theology anthropologies in the central Christian tradition. However, Richard Lints observes that too rarely have these verses been understood as conceptually interwoven with the whole of the prologue materials of Genesis 1. The construction of the cosmic temple strongly hints that the 'image of God' language serves liturgical functions."--Back cover.
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