The Image of God
Although many Christians know that people are created in God’s image, few have any clarity as to what God’s image is. What does it mean to be human? Are some people superior to others by virtue of their gender or race? Do women bear God's image less than men do? Is it better to be a Jew than a Gentile? Was Jesus fully human? How can Jesus be God if He is the "Image of God", the "Son of God," the "Son of Man"? This course grapples with theological anthropology along with hard questions about identity politics, gender wars, critical race theory, abortion, robotics and disputes about what it means to be a "self."
This course is co-listed as "Spiritual Direction II."
Key Questions To Be Explored:
What is the image of God?
What distinguishes people from animals?
Are people divided up into body, mind, soul, and spirit? If so, what distinguishes the human spirit from the mind and soul?
How can we begin to articulate an accurate theology of the body?