This article reflects on the doctrine of humanity to explore that God created humankind in his
image and likeness, and this means that all human beings have an inherent capacity to know
the difference between good and bad, and between right and wrong. Thus, all human beings
have an innate ability to be ethical, as the God who created them is good, and so becomes the
source of their ethics. This article title highlights the interrelationships between identity, ethics,
and ethos. These three related analytical categories, within the New Testament, show the
necessity for an interdisciplinary approach in treating questions of the origin of humanity. This
article incorporates reflections in the studies of anthropology, philosophy, and theology and
draws from the writings of Apostle Paul, in his Corinthian Correspondence, as he instructed
them on how they ought to relate, and what would be their roles within the broader scope of
God’s original intention for humanity. In this attempt, he made reference to the anthropological
identity of the imago Dei, and he shows that the perfect expression of the imago Dei is Christ
Jesus; thus, this is the image they ought to emulate. Therefore, this article investigates
‘The imago Dei weltanschauung as narrative motif within the Corinthian correspondence’.
INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : This research gives the perspective
of the presupposition of the imago Dei as presented in the New Testament as the framework of
understanding ethics, as it appears within the formation of an anthropological horizon. In
relation to accepting the message of the New Testament, this article shows how the imago Dei
worldview underpins Pauline ethics and can serve as a framework of understanding an
anthropological ethical paradigm.
This article resulted from the doctoral research of W.P.M.
under the supervision of J.K. in the NRF-supported Mission
and Ethics project in the Faculty of Theology at the University
of Pretoria. (http://hdl.handle.net/2263/50680)