Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Imago Dei

We say that man is created in the image of God. Does this mean that God is just a big man? The Maverick Philosopher has recently provided a helpful analogy:

1. Man is made in God’s image.
2. Man is a physical being with a digestive tract, etc.
3. God is a physical being with a digestive tract, etc.

But that’s like arguing:

1. This statue is made in Lincoln’s image.
2. This statue is composed of marble.
3. Lincoln is composed of marble.

The point is that "being made in the image of" something does not require us to share physical attributes. Rather, this is a spiritual likening, which culminates in humanity's ability to reason. Reason finds its locus in God, and the fact that we are able to know things about ourselves and the ordered world around us is evidence of the order that God has created in us and the world. We reason because God reasons.

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