Sunday, April 3, 2016

Man, made in the image of YAH, is a microcosm of the Universe

Humankind, being created in the likeness and image of YAH Almighty, is a microcosm of the universe. This is an idea that Rastas, such as Bob Marley, share with their Orthodox brothers and sisters. The idea of man as a microcosm is most commonly associated with St. Maximos the Confessor. In his Mystagogia he speaks of an indissoluble relationship and unity between man and world: "[St. Paul] put forward another suggestion, along the lines of the same imagery, that the whole world of visible and invisibl e things can be thought of as a man; and man, made up of body and soul, as a world" (Mystagogia, Chapter 7). St. Gregory of Nyssa also uses the image of man as microcosm, though his use of the expression is rather less uniform than for St. Maximus. In his conception, the parallelism seems to be limited to a common praise of God: "as the cosmos continuously lifts up a hymn of praise to God, so it is the duty of man to engage in continual psalmody and hymnody."

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