The biblical concept “in the image of God” (Gn 1:26-27). According to the patristic and philocalic anthropology


  • Simeon Pintea Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Cluj-Napoca


image, likeness, entheosis, patristic anthropology, philocalic anthropology


For the contemporary man, it is very important to recover the sense of his existence. He always searches both his origin and his target – the purpose of his existence. Therefore, one of the aims of contemporary theology is to show the man this origin and this target. Based on Revelation, biblical theology offers the foundation of this quest. We try here to show how the Patristic Theology understood the creation of the man “in the image of God”, the way in which the Church Fathers perceived the notion of “image” and the way in which the Philocalic Fathers explained the entheosis using this concept. As we shall see, the destiny of the man depends on this revealed truth: that he t/vas made “in the image” of God. Here, we try to draw a patristic and philocalic anthropologic presentation of the entheosis, starting from the text of the Genesis 1:26-27. But why do we separate the patristic and the philocalic anthropology? First, because, using patristic arguments, we to explain the biblical concept of “image”: second, to underline the importance of the notion “in the image” in the spiritual and mystical life in order to accomplish the “likeness” as we find it in the writings of the Philocalic Fathers.