Some mormon acquaintances in a recent mormon religious doctrine class stated that the early church fathers believed that man is made in the physical image of God. This was used to back up the mormon claim that God has a body of flesh and bones. To support this they stated that St. Diadochus claimed this. I am in the process of seeing if they will reveal their source to me. But in the interim does anyone know of a quote from the good Bishop (Diadochus) that can - with any integrity - be interpreted as such?
The only quote I could find is as follows:
“Divine grace confers on us two gifts through the baptism of regeneration, one being infinitely superior to the other. The first gift is given to us at once, when grace renews us in the actual waters of baptism and cleanses all the lineaments of our soul, that is, the image of God in us, by washing away every stain of sin. The second – our likeness to God – requires our co-operation. When the nous begins to perceive the Holy Spirit with full consciousness, we should realize that grace is beginning to paint the divine likeness over the divine image in us. Artists first draw the outline of a man in monochrome, and then add one color after another, until little by little they capture the likeness of the subject down to the smallest details. In the same way the grace of God starts by remaking the divine image in man into what it was when he was first created.” [St Diadochos of Photiki, On Spiritual Knowledge, 89]
Certainly this does not support the mormon view.
Many thanks for any help that you can give.