On the Jesus Creed blog today RJS referenced the BioLogos post on Why Christians Don’t Need to Be Threatened By Evolution and added a nice summary of J. Richard Middleton’s take on the image of God in Genesis. Since this is a topic that comes up a lot here, I thought I’d point it out for anyone who is interested. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2016/07/14/dont-be-frightened-rjs/
[quote] Middleton’s view of the imago Dei in Genesis 1 emphasizes the function for which humans are set apart. The imago Dei is not a collection of special features of humanity – but a democratized commission. The term behind image (selem) refers most often to “a localized, visible, corporeal representation of the divine.”
[quoting Middleton directly] “When the clues within the Genesis text are taken together with comparative studies of the ancient Near East, they lead to what we could call a functional – or even missional – interpretation of the image of God in Genesis 1:26-27 … On this reading, the imago Dei designates the royal office or calling of human beings as God’s representatives and agents in the world, granted authorizing power to share in God’s rule or administration of the earth’s resources and creatures” (The Liberating Image p. 27).
The function of humankind is to image the invisible God is his creation.[/quote]