The Image of God in an Image Driven Age

Explorations in Theological Anthropology
Author: Beth Felker Jones,Jeffrey W. Barbeau
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830851208
Category: Religion
Page: 272
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In this volume, edited by Beth Felker Jones and Jeffrey Barbeau, a dozen evangelical scholars and pastors discuss the nature of the human person in the context of contemporary culture.

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Image of God

Author: Richard W. Wills
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199728251
Category: Religion
Page: 264
View: 3798
Scholars universally acknowledge the role that Christian belief played in the social movement engendered by Martin Luther King Jr. Yet few have actually delved into the complexity of King's theology itself. The centrality of one aspect of his theology in particular - imago Dei, the belief that human beings are made in God's image - has been surprisingly overlooked. In this book, Richard W. Wills Sr. offers a comprehensive analysis of King's appeal for civil rights by investigating his understanding of imago Dei. Wills begins by tracing the evolution of this idea through the history of Christian thought, showing the intellectual sources King drew on in constructing his own beliefs. Wills then demonstrates how King employed this idea in his civil rights work. The belief that we are all made in God's image was crucial, Wills shows, to King's understanding of human nature and equality. While King shared with many of his black church forebears the view that humanity's creation by God was a powerful argument for the equality of all people, he also took the concept much further. For King, being made in God's image meant that human beings have not only the right but also the power to reshape society and to build a "beloved community" on earth. Though explicitly grounded in Christian faith, the doctrine of imago Dei provided King with a theological rationale that was capable of addressing the needs of the community well beyond the walls of churches. Wills's thorough reconsideration King's thought makes the case for his importance as a theologian. It convincingly demonstrates that the concept of imago Dei formed the heart of his theology and, in turn, that his theology was central to the unfolding of the civil rights movement.

Ministry in the Image of God

The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service
Author: Stephen Seamands
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830876358
Category: Religion
Page: 190
View: 8025
Merit winner in the 2006 Christianity Today Book Awards! "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Those of us called to Christian ministry are commissioned and sent by Jesus, just as he himself was called and sent by the Father. Thus we naturally pattern our ministries after Christ's example. But distinctively Christian service involves the Spirit as well, just as Jesus himself accomplished his ministry in the power of the Spirit. Thus the whole Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--gives shape to truly authentic Christian ministry. Though as Christians we all affirm the doctrine of the Trinity, many of us might struggle to explain how understanding the Trinity could actually shape our ministry. Stephen Seamands demonstrates how a fully orbed theology of the Trinity transforms our perception and practice of vocational ministry. Theological concepts like relationality and perichoresis have direct relevance to pastoral life and work, especially in unfolding a trinitarian approach to relationships, service and mission. A thoroughly trinitarian outlook provides the fuel for our ministry "of Jesus Christ, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, on behalf of the church and the world." Essential reading for pastors, parachurch workers, counselors, missionaries, youth ministers and all who are called to any vocation of Christian ministry.

The Image of God, Personhood and the Embryo

Author: Calum MacKellar
Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 0334055210
Category: Religion
Page: 288
View: 2970
Why are human embryos so important to many Christians? What does theology say concerning the moral status of these embryos? Answers to these questions can only be obtained by considering the manner in which Christian theology understands the great theme of the image of God. This book examines the most important aspects in which this image, and the related Christian notion of personhood, can be used in the context of theological arguments relating to the moral status of the human embryo. Thoughtful in approach and ecumenical in perspective, the author combines a thorough knowledge of the science of embryology with a broad knowledge of the theological implications. Part I Historical and Contemporary Christian Perspectives 1 The Moral Status of the Embryo 2 The Image of God 3 Being a Person from a Christian Perspective Part II The Image of God, Personhood and the Embryo 4 Creation and the Embryo 5 Incarnation and the Embryo 6 Substantive Aspects and the Embryo 7 Relational Aspects and the Embryo 8 Functional Aspects and the Embryo Conclusion Appendix: The Moral Status of New Kinds of Embryo

Dignity and Destiny

Humanity in the Image of God
Author: John F. Kilner
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802867642
Category: Religion
Page: 414
View: 2906
Misunderstandings about what it means for humans to be created in God's image have wreaked devastation throughout history -- for example, slavery in the U. S., genocide in Nazi Germany, and the demeaning of women everywhere. In Dignity and Destiny John Kilner explores what the Bible itself teaches about humanity being in God's image. He discusses in detail all of the biblical references to the image of God, interacts extensively with other work on the topic, and documents how misunderstandings of it have been so problematic. People made according to God's image, Kilner says, have a special connection with God and are intended to be a meaningful reflection of him. Because of sin, they don't actually reflect him very well, but Kilner shows why the popular idea that sin has damaged the image of God is mistaken. He also clarifies the biblical difference between being God's image (which Christ is) and being in God's image (which humans are). He explains how humanity's creation and renewal in God's image are central, respectively, to human dignity and destiny. Locating Christ at the center of what God's image means, Kilner charts a constructive way forward and reflects on the tremendously liberating impact that a sound understanding of the image of God can have in the world today.

In the Image of God

Religion, Moral Values, and Our Heritage of Slavery
Author: David Brion Davis,Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery Resistance and Abolition David Brion Davis
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300088144
Category: Philosophy
Page: 392
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In this broad-ranging book, the pre-eminent authority on the history of slavery meditates on the origins, experience, and legacy of this "peculiar institution." David Brion Davis begins with a substantial and highly personal introduction in which he discusses some of the major ideas and individuals that have shaped his approach to history. He then presents a series of interlocking essays that cover topics including slave resistance, the historical construction of race, and the connections between the abolitionist movement and the struggle for women's rights. The book also includes essays on such major figures as Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as appreciations of two of the finest historians of the twentieth century: C. Vann Woodward and Eugene D. Genovese. Gathered together for the first time, these essays present the major intellectual, historical, and moral issues essential to the study of New World slavery and its devastating legacy.

Created in the Image of God

Understanding God's Relationship with Humanity
Author: Nico Vorster
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1610972236
Category: Religion
Page: 196
View: 8271
What does it mean to be created in the image of God? How can the existence of evil be explained if we believe in a good and loving God? What is the precise meaning of the notion of original sin? How can God transfer the guilt of humanity to one innocent individual, or should we rather dispense with the notion of penal satisfaction? The first part of Created in the Image of God grapples in a concise manner with these and other elusive and controversial theological and anthropological issues. The second part proceeds to address societal issues that relate to dignity, equality, and freedom. How can human dignity and the dignity of the environment be reconciled? Are the values of freedom and equality natural enemies? When does theology become a tool of oppression? How should we evaluate neo-liberalist economic theory after the greatest recession since the Depression? This book cautiously attempts to provide some answers that might help modern society to re-invent itself in a tumultuous age.


The Image of God
Author: G. C. Berkouwer
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802848185
Category: Religion
Page: 380
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The Image of God

Author: Dr. Nathan G. David
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781453556634
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 236
View: 6548
This book serves as a teaching and study guide to weightier spiritual matters pertaining to the kingdom of God. For the edification of the believer who is interested in going to the next level of spiritual understanding. Its purpose is to enlighten and motivate the believer to search the scriptures fervently. For increase in wisdom, knowledge and understanding on what the believer has already learned. God is challenging the believer to study and to put quality time in meditation and prayer to receive greater revelation. In addition, to broaden ones perspective on heavenly things. Get your bible and follow along in study, and plug into the scriptures that are rendered unto you as you read. Moreover, the Lord will open the fountains of heaven and pour out his “Abundant Rain” of kingdom revelation knowledge upon you. In Jesus’ name Amen.

The Image of God

Author: Mark Mangano
Publisher: University Press of Amer
ISBN: 9780761840404
Category: Religion
Page: 215
View: 4718
This book uses the imago Dei ("the image of God") as an organizing principle for a systematic treatment of Old Testament theology. This concept challenges humanity to resemble or reflect the communicable attributes of God, such as love, compassion, rationality, and creativity. Exodus 34:6-8 helps the biblical reader to discern in whose image we have been made. This concept also serves as the basis for God's invitation, covenant, redemption, community, worship, and wisdom are keys to understanding the divine-human relationship. This concept also calls humanity to represent divine concerns by extending his compassion to the socially disadvantaged, the physically challenged, and the spiritually estranged. The New Testament's portrait of Jesus echoes these concerns: He is the image of the invisible God; He enables his followers to come near to God; and He represents the concerns of God's kingdom.

In the Image of God

A Psychoanalyst's View
Author: Stanley Leavy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317758218
Category: Psychology
Page: 128
View: 1118
In the Image of God is a compilation of lectures by Stanley Leavy, a psychoanalyst approaching retirement, reflecting on his experience as a follower of Freud and his method and also as a lifelong, faithful Episcopalian. The overarching idea linking the individual lectures is Leavy's belief that "the deliberate study of the operations of the mind must yield results that are not just compatible with religious faith but amplify it," eschewing the faith versus science argument for a more inclusive worldview.

In the Image of God

A Feminist Commentary on the Torah
Author: Judith S. Antonelli
Publisher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated
ISBN: 1461628911
Category: Religion
Page: 598
View: 887
In the Image of God: A Feminist Commentary on the Torah is a unique blend of traditional Judaism and radical feminism and is a groundbreaking commentary on the Bible, the central document of Jewish life.

Made in the Image of God

Understanding the Nature of God and Mankind in a Changing World
Author: Reid A. Ashbaucher
Publisher: Innovo Publishing
ISBN: 1936076780
Category: Religion
Page: 236
View: 628
ABOUT THE BOOK: Made in the Image of God is a book for those who seek a deeper knowledge and understanding of who God is and how we as human beings relate to him physically, emotionally, and spiritually in a metaphysical way, both now and in the future. If you have an interest in the Word of God, possess some basic understanding of the Scriptures, and seek to know more about the God who provides our salvation, then this book is for you. Along our journey, there will be discussions on such topics as The Nature of God, The Nature of Mankind, The Trinity, and Jesus Christ as God and Man, while providing discussions that oppose Evolution, Atheism, Gnosticism, Pantheism, and Humanism. This book would also be good resource material for those who are studying or providing instruction in the following areas: Bible, Theology, Religion, Apologetics, Metaphysics, or Philosophy of Religion. **** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Reid Ashbaucher was born in the United States, holds a B.A. degree in Comprehensive Bible from Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio; an M.A. degree in Christian Theology from Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana; and has completed some postgraduate work towards a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, endorsed by Canterbury Christ Church University, England. Reid's occupation for the past 35 years has been associated with the communications industry while working as an Electronic Technician and Radio Broadcast Engineer. Throughout his life, Reid has sought to promote the Word of God as the source of true reality in all things. This reality can be summed up in Jesus Christ's words as he states: "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock" (Matthew 7:24; NASB).

In the Image of God

Author: Simon Raven
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 1842321978
Category: Fiction
Page: 184
View: 2269
The sixth in the First Born of Egypt series sees Raisley Conyngham, Classics teacher at Lancaster College exert a powerful influence over Marius Stern. His young pupil however is no defenceless victim. Marius has a ruthless streak and an ability to sidestep tests and traps that are laid for him. Which is just as well because everybody is after something from him¿ ¿Raven¿s world of upper-and upper-middle-class mores, or amores more like, is outrageous and funny, elegant and sharp¿ ¿ The Times

In the Image of God

Author: W. Xavier Staub
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1462846246
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 108
View: 750

In the Image of God

Theme, Characterization, and Landscape in the Fiction of Orson Scott Card
Author: Michael R. Collings
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313264047
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 192
View: 8189
This absorbing study is the first full-length treatment of Orson Scott Card, the only writer to thus far receive the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards two years in a row. Collings examines the unique vision and literary achievements of this writer, a consummate storyteller who uses the medium of science fiction and fantasy to give shape to his deepest religious beliefs and moral convictions. His major novels, including Seventh Son, Songmaster, and Wyrms, are discussed, together with many of his short stories and his critical articles, poetry, and plays.

In the Image of God

Author: David Lyons
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1425196233
Category: Fiction
Page: 164
View: 3807
This is a book about people learning there are three sides to the truth; What you say; What they say; The facts of what happened. Alan Da'vide is the hero. He is just a guy out to make his corner of the Universe a little better. He is helped by his best friend Mia, who happens to be an AI (Artificial Intelligence). They have shared many adventures in the past. This story is the most recent. In this adventure they discover Earth- full of Humans and Dolphins not at war with each other. How this is possible? Everybody knows Dolphins hate Humans! Alan and Mia also locate an ancient moon base, vacant of inhabitants. Here they meet an ancient AI who shares the history the race of Humans that originally built the moon base. They uncover the real history of the Universe, and discover how the Dolphins have twisted the truth, while trying to kill or enslave all the Humans in the Universe. The book is woven together with New Age thinking good old common sense,-a road map on how to interact and respect people when living your life everyday. The story also show you a way to love yourself, and change the way you look at the bigger picture of life (In any century). With the majestic Universe as our background for this adventure Alan and Mia spin you along with them as they travel through time and space-meeting new friends as they uncover the truth of the Universe and the untold truth of the beginnings of the Human civilization on Earth. It's a fun story for all teens and adults. A small book with a big message.

Life in the Image of God

The Sermon on the Mount as a Hillside Holiness Message
Author: Ronald C. Calhoun
Publisher: WestBowPress
ISBN: 1490806776
Category: Religion
Page: 268
View: 3681
The King has come. The God of love planned reconciliation and transformation for the people he created. He planned liberation from bondage for all creation through the life, death, and resurrected life of his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus the King has come. He has inaugurated the kingdom. The Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7) is the constitution of that kingdom. The constitution is intended to make Christlike disciples. The central dynamic of the constitution is godlike love and is based on his grace. The Sermon begins with the essence of character, which is the foundation of all relationships and conduct. Who we are determines the influence we have and controls our conduct. Our conduct is based on right relationships with God, others, self, and the material world. The Sermon is practical, dealing with every aspect of life. Our relationship with God is to be one of reverence and self-discipline. Our relationship to possessions calls for rejection of slavery to those possessions and to worry. In relationship to self, we must avoid destructive criticism and exercise discernment. Many areas are discussed in our relationship to others, such as murder, sex, retaliation, and more. Join me in the study of the kingdom constitution as it reveals how to live life in the image of God. All who will may become a part of the kingdom by offering full allegiance to the King and by living life by the rule of godlike love.

Jesus in the Image of God

A Challenge to Christlikeness
Author: Leslie B. Flynn
Publisher: Magnus Press
ISBN: 9780965480611
Category: Religion
Page: 147
View: 7751
A great book for Bible study groups! Here is a real antidote to the negative and faithless views of the Jesus Seminar. Let the Jesus of the Gospels challenge you to become more like him -- the Son of God created in God's own image, who overcame despair, sorrow, rejection, and humiliation to bring healing, redemption, hope, and the Good News of God's love to all human beings.

In the Image of God and the Shadow of Demons

A Metaphysical Study of Good and Evil
Author: Kathy L. Callahan
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1412017513
Category: Religion
Page: 173
View: 5813
As Americans, we have long considered ourselves to be members of a literate and secular society that prides itself on the triumph of logic and reason. We have long minimized the reality of evil and distanced ourselves from beliefs in Satan and demonic forces. The events of September 11, 2001, however, brought Americans face to face with personal evil, and served as a wake-up call that demonstrated the devastating effects that the power and influence of evil can cause. Since that fateful day, many Americans have reexamined their beliefs and sought for a clearer understanding of the what, how, and why of evil. The primary purpose of this book is to help readers come to a more complete understanding of the nature of good and evil (the what), the origin of evil and its place in the universe (the how), and the role evil may play in our spiritual development (the why). The study of good and evil, however, is a complex issue at best, infused with emotion, and often obscured by a relative subjectivity based on personal beliefs, religion, and morality. In order to overcome the relative aspects of such a study, the author uses a cross-cultural approach that seeks to examine good and evil from a traditional viewpoint as well as through the interpretive lens of metaphysics. The combination of cross-cultural comparison with metaphysical interpretation provides a holistic framework from which to study the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of good and evil. It enables the reader to move beyond a limited, egocentric view and understand good and evil from a universal or divine perspective. The material presented in Part One focuses on the "what" of good and evil. It is thus drawn from a wide selection of philosophies, mythologies, and religious doctrines. It includes a survey of the ways good and evil have been defined throughout history, both as abstract principles and as personalized expressions of the divine. The material is drawn from the works of Taoism, Plato, Stoicism, Hinduism, Zoroaster, Buddhism, and the Judaic-Christian tradition. There are discussions of gods, demons, and angels, and a thorough examination of the historic development of Satan. The ideas of secular thinkers and their thoughts on good and evil in human nature are also examined. In Part Two, the focus turns to the "how" and "why" of evil. As the book shifts focus, the author explains that before we can understand the how and why of evil, we must first understand ourselves—who we are, why we were created, and our place in the universe. This examination is done from a metaphysical perspective by using the material contained in the Edgar Cayce readings. Following this, the author discusses the expression of good and evil as universal forces, and explores the origin of evil in the spiritual dimension and in the physical world. The author also considers the unique idea that Satan is a soul who played a key role in bringing evil into the spiritual and physical planes. The author addresses the reality and power of evil as well as the idea that evil may indeed serve a positive function in our spiritual development. The book concludes with suggestion on to how to apply the lessons learned a means to make the right choices that will help humanity oppose evil and overcome it.