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'In agro dominico' - March 27, 1329
The papal bull condemning Meister Eckhart 

Article 1b : The Image of God


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St. Gregory of Nyssa speaks about the uncreated Image in the soul when he recognises “inside man the beauty of the spiritual nature of God himself, united with some power that is beyond our understanding”.[2] This is why he says also that man “had the leadership of the creatures already before he was created and came to existence”.[3] "Let the Holy Scriptures guide our thought, which gives us a law to understand that the soul has nothing of her own, not being also a property of God.[4]

St. Symeon the New Theologian writes that "the deep of the Holy Spirit is not like the deep of sea waters, but living water of eternal life. In there everything is inconceivable, ineffable and unperceivable; ... in there our mind moves and turns without motion".[5]

St. Maximus Confessor writes that "the mind has power and authority to follow or resist anything he wants whatever".[6]

St. Basil the Great speaks about "the hidden in us spark of the divine desire, ... the loving power, which has been granted to us with the first spring of Creation".[7]

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