Imago Dei. The “image of God.” For centuries, this profound phrase in the Bible has fascinated, inspired, and perplexed people as they have pondered what it means to think, act, live, and be human.
In the book of Genesis, God creates humans uniquely “in his own image,” making them stewards over creation. People from all walks of life have offered answers about what this tells us about ourselves, often turning to philosophy and science for insight.
Is it our ability to reason? Is it morality? Is it a relationship with God? Is it creativity? For most, then and today, there is no single answer. However, modern science has shed new light on these and other human qualities.
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, . . . what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”
The idea that human beings are created in God’s image remains a powerful force around the world today. What do scholars, scientists, theologians, and pastors think it reveals about human beings?