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Imago Dei: Why Christians Should Believe in Abstract Entities

by Graham Floyd

The notion of abstract entities is a popular philosophical position and has been since Plato.

The Church, however, has struggled with this notion for centuries. Are abstract entities theologically appropriate? If so, how are they connected to God? Many Christian philosophers and theologians reject abstract entities on the grounds that they are inappropriate and unnecessary.

This paper argues, however, that abstract entities are critical to understanding the doctrine of the imago dei, which is vitally connected to other important doctrines such as the Incarnation and soteriology. Without abstract entities, the doctrine of the imago dei must be rejected along with its implications. Consequently, Christians should embrace abstract entities or risk great theological harm.

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