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Created in the Image of God: Human Uniqueness in Theology and Science

Program Date(s): 2011

Colloquy 2011-2012 was led by Dr. J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science, Princeton Theological Seminary. In this course we traced and reinterpreted the complex history of the ancient doctrine of the imago Dei and then quite specifically asked: what could it possibly mean today to believe that in some important sense we have been created in the image of God? To answer these questions we turned to the problem of human origins. Through our readings we traced the deep historical and evolutionary background of theological anthropology and focus on the complex question what it really means to be human. What are the theological and ethical implications of this vast biological and cultural background history, and how does it affect our theologies today, as well as our Christian ethics?

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