Imago Dei and Object Relations Theory: Implications for a Model of Human Development

Volume
Volume 12
Issue
Winter 1984
Title
Imago Dei and Object Relations Theory: Implications for a Model of Human Development
Abstract

The imago Dei is initially established as a relational concept which calls human beings to exist in a special relationship with God. It is asserted that the aspect of the imago Dei which survived the Fall is humankind'€™s need and desire for relationships. From this understanding, psychological theories which view people as "€œobject-seeking beings"€ and theological systems which acknowledge human beings"€™ search for God are viewed not as in opposition, but rather as having discovered a unitary phenomenon emanating from the imago Dei. The conceptualization of internal object relations is employed to understand the dynamic interrelationship between self, God and significant others in an individual€'s experience. Finally, in light of this framework, a model of human development is proposed which examines this dynamic interrelationship.

Author
S.A. White
Pages
286 - 293
Price
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