The intended audience for this paper/presentation will be youth, between the ages of 20-30 , as well as adults. The manner of this presentation will follow closely the teachings of the Catholic Church in its Compendium of Social Teaching, which can be found on the Vatican website. The subject chosen for presentation is essential for understanding the teachings of the New Testament and the development of those teachings in the theology of Catholic Social Teaching.
Goal and Objective
The objective of this presentation is the explicit theology of the dignity of the human person as understood as the 'imago dei.' As seen in the quotation above of the Compendium, the Church assumes that every person is made in the image and likeness of God.. The Church is following the revelation of the old and new testaments, which reveals the dignity of the human person. In the above article from the Summa Theologica, Aquinas following Augustine, distinguishes between the image itself , the likeness and the similarity. While many would want to distinguish this image and likeness to the seen and the tangible, the Church following the inspired word of God, always assents to the revealed truth that man in his essence carries this likeness to God in his very makeup.
This presentation is intended to be presented over four fifteen minute presentations or as one full hour presentation. Over the internet it could be presented in 15 minute segments to a person who would like to consider each portion separately. On the other hand, it could equally as well be presented as one presentation to a group in one sitting.
Powerpoint Presentation (20 slides)
1-Catholic Social Teaching -Our Best Kept Secret by DiBerri and Hug, 2003 and
2-St. Francis and the Follishness of God by Dennis, Nangle, Moe-Lobeda, & Taylor, 1993.