The Image of God in Man: "Man created in God Image" Analytical Essay

The Image of God in Man: "Man created in God Image"
Attempts to explicate the meaning of the v rs s of G n s s (1:26-27).
# 153599 | 5,920 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2013 | JP
Published on Jul 11, 2013 in Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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In this paper, the writer examines and analyzes the meaning of the verses in Genesis that say that man was created in God's image. The paper quotes a variety of biblical philosophers to help readers gain a better understanding of God's image and the notion of mirroring God, mentally, morally, and socially . The evolution of this notion over the ages is also examined and analyzed in detail. The paper is written from the Christian perspective.

Table of Contents:
Understanding the Image of God
Mirroring God
A Social Image of God
The International Theological Commission
The Evolutionary Challenge of Altruism
The Dawn of Ethics
Genetic Dominance
Room for Real Altruism

From the Paper:

"A for most xodus from th tr d t on l compr h nd ng of th m g of God n hum n ty s b ng const tu nt of th hum n m k up pp r d w th Luth r wh n h mph s z d th t b ng m d n God's m g w s not hum n own rsh p or hum n const tu nt. It w s mor conn ct on b tw n hum n cr tur s nd th r d v n cr tor, wh r by th y could " m g " or r fl ctor th d v n b ng. Th s gn f c nc w s th t b ng m d n God's l k n ss w s pr c r ous poss ss on: f hum ns w r to turn w y from oppos t God, s th y d d n s nn ng, th n th y would stop to cont mpl t God, nd God's m g would stop to l v n th m, s occurr d, s ss rt d by Luth r, unt l t m ght b r furb sh d n Chr st."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • See Mary Midgley, Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature (Hassocks, UK: Harvester, 1978) 102; Midgley, Evolution as a Religion: Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears, rev. ed. (New York: Routledge, 2002) 143-50; Keith Ward, God, Chance, and Necessity (Oxford: One World, 1996) 71, 90; McGrath, Dawkins' God 12.
  • Anthony Flew, Evolutionary Ethics (London, Macmillan, 1967) 36.
  • Edward O. Wilson, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1976) 562.
  • Thomas H. Huxley, Collected Essays, 9 vols., vol. 9, Evolution and Ethics and Other Essays (London: Macmillan, 1901-1905) 1-116, at 80.
  • Michael Ruse, "The Significance of Evolution," in A Companion to Ethics, ed. Peter Singer (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1993) 500-510, at 501.

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