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.