Human Evolution and the “Image and Likeness of God”

Human Evolution and the “Image and Likeness of God”


Presented by Joshua Moritz, Ph.D.

While the Scriptures of the Christian faith recognize the similarities between humans and other animals, the Bible also identifies human beings as unique in that they are designated “as the image and likeness of God” (Gen. 1:27). While some Christians have asserted that the “image and likeness of God” in humans is reflected in the unique biological and behavioral traits that distinguish humans from other creatures, others have seen the image of God in humans as a special type of relationship that humans share with God, or as a divine function the human species fulfills. Additional questions about the meaning of the image and likeness of God in humans are raised by the findings of evolutionary biology and paleoanthropology. If some non-human animals are rational or moral, does this mean that they share the image of God with humans? If non-human hominins such as Neanderthals exhibit the capacities for language and culture does this mean that they are likewise created in the Divine likeness? And if not, then why not? This presentation will explore such questions, and will make both a theological and scientific case for understanding the meaning of humans as the image and likeness of God in light of the theological framework of Biblical/historical election and the evolutionary framework of historical selection.

November 20, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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