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CROWN OF CREATION

Man is the Crown of Creation because he is the only created thing made in the “image” and “likeness” of God and, therefore, uniquely distinct in his existence. No other creature is like man; he is one of a kind. Only man has been “crowned with glory and honor” (Ps. 8:5). Out of all creation, man is most like God.

Questions flood the mind. What is meant by the Imago Dei? Is man indeed the image of Deity? What are the implications of man’s likeness to God? Is man truly unique, and does he stand in special relationship to God? Is man different from the animals only because of his advanced evolution? Or does man have true value because of his bestowed distinctiveness? Is life sacred, causing questions regarding abortion and the justification of capital punishment to be of an ethical nature? Is man born as a tabula rasa, or is some type of knowledge consistent with the very essence of man’s nature? Are a priori concepts required by the Imago Dei? Does man have worth, and if so, what is his significance?

These are some of the questions that force themselves upon the reflective believer and require consideration. They are of a theological nature, and anthropology must be theological in order to be valid.

Consideration will be given to the following topics:

        Methodology

        Created by God

        From the Dust

        Creature

        Image of God

        Interpretations of the Image

        Nature of the Image

        Implications of the Image

        The Continuing Image

        Status of the Image

        Innate Knowledge


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