Exploring Personhood 2022

Carmen Imes: The Rise and Fall of the Imago Dei?

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Evangelicals all agree that human identity and vocation are rooted in the creation accounts of Genesis, but the particulars are often a matter of debate. In this lecture, Carmen Imes (Biola University) considers the recent work of several evangelical scholars on the imago Dei—Ryan Peterson, John Kilner, Catherine McDowell, and Richard Middleton—each of whom has clarified Old Testament teaching in profound ways. Building on their work, she reassesses the priorities of the contemporary evangelical church and suggests ways of embodying practices that align with Scripture’s clear teaching on the imago Dei.

This talk was delivered on Thursday, February 10 at Exploring Personhood: What Is a Human Being? Exploring Personhood began with the authority of the Scriptures and Christian theology. We then invited perspectives from the sciences (biology, genetics, psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology) and humanities (ethics, biblical studies, philosophy, and theology). Our aim was to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on the Imago Dei, the unity and diversity of the human race, and embodiment — all for the glory of God and the good of the world.

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This project was made possible through the support of grant #61985 from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s)and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Carmen Imes

Dr. Carmen Imes is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Biola University. Carmen is the author of 'Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters' (IVP) and is currently working on a prequel entitled 'Being God's Image: Why Creation Still Matters.' She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and has appeared on more than 40 podcasts. She blogs for CT, InterVarsity's The Well, the Political Theology Network, and at www.carmenjoyimes.blogspot.com.

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