The Undebated Debate: Gender and the Image of God in Medieval Theology

  • E. Ann Matter
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This essay examines the strange lack of debate about women’s role in the classical theological treatises of the Middle Ages. The reason for this may well be the predominant influence of Augustine of Hippo, who set up a condition in which women are equal to men (and therefore in the image of God) according to our humanity but NOT according to our female embodiment. The consequences of this paradoxical formulation can be seen in women’s spiritual writings from medieval Europe.


Theological Debate Church History Early Church Paradoxical Formulation Theological Context 
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