Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2019, Page: 44-53
The Notion of the Image in the Teachings of Christian and Muslim Thinkers
Lubomira Stefanova, Department of Theology, Saint Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia, Bulgaria
Received: Mar. 6, 2019;       Accepted: Jun. 20, 2019;       Published: Jul. 1, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ellc.20190402.13      View  31      Downloads  8
Notwithstanding the difference in historical periods of creativity, in the treatises of some of the most famous thinkers both in Islamic culture and in the Christian world, ideas and understandings of the image are found as a notion that does not exhaust the perception of God, but is relevant to the pursuit of God's knowledge. The brief historical distance between the emergence of the Pseudo-Dionysian treatises and those of Islamic philosophy allows us to make a comparison between the two religious worldviews. The two monotheistic concepts of the manifestations of God in the visible world have common foundations in the Geek philosophy and the views of the Neoplatonists. The rich and tangled language in the Pseudo-Dionysian treatises reveals the two-sided process of the interrelation between the divine and human realities. In the texts of the Muslim thinker Muhammad al- Ghazālī, the image of the contemplative man's ascension to the Almighty and indescribable God is also revealed. This article attempts to compare the patterns of thought through which these two philosophers, with different religious beliefs, express their understanding of the image of God and the path of contemplative rising to Him. The image of the One, from where the entire immanent world originates, occupies the first place for both wise men. But while for the Muslim philosopher the manifestations of God in the world are a direct realization of His gentle mind, the Christian thinker focuses on the image of the incarnation of God in the person of Christ.
Image, Religion, Philosophy
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Lubomira Stefanova, The Notion of the Image in the Teachings of Christian and Muslim Thinkers, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2019, pp. 44-53. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20190402.13
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