Human Nature in Theistic Perspective with Celia Deane-Drummond and Paul Wason, “Becoming Human in Theistic Perspective”; John H. Walton, “Human Origins and the Bible”; Mikael Stenmark, “Is There a Human Nature?”; Alan J. Torrance, “Is There a Distinctive Human Nature? Approaching the Question from a Christian Epistemic Base”; Alistair McFadyen, “Imaging God: A Theological Answer to the Anthropological Question?”; Celia Deane-Drummond, “God's Image and Likeness in Humans and Other Animals: Performative Soul-making and Graced Nature”; and John Schneider, “The Fall of “Augustinian Adam”: Original Fragility and Supralapsarian Purpose”
IMAGING GOD: A THEOLOGICAL ANSWER TO THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL QUESTION?
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2012
© 2012 by the Joint Publication Board of Zygon
Volume 47, Issue 4, pages 918–933, December 2012
How to Cite
McFadyen, A. (2012), IMAGING GOD: A THEOLOGICAL ANSWER TO THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL QUESTION?. Zygon, 47: 918–933. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.2012.01291.x
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2012
- human nature;
- human uniqueness;
- imago Dei;
- Psalm 8;
- theological anthropology
Abstract Traditionally the central trope in Christian theological anthropology, “the image of God” tends to function more as a noun than a verb. While that has grounded significant interplay between specific Christian formulations and the concepts of nontheological disciplines and cultural constructs, it facilitates the withdrawal of the image and of theological anthropology more broadly from the context of active relation with God. Rather than a static rendering of the image a more interactionist, dynamic, and relational view of “imaging God” is commended as a key anthropological term. Engaging with Psalm 8 suggests that, biblically, asking the anthropological question “What is humanity?” is tied to the answer to the theological question: who is God? This locates theological anthropology securely within the interactive context of being related to by God and suggests that theological anthropology might be a matter of performance rather than definition: actively imaging God.