All people have dignity because they are created in the image of God. This theological belief has been a liberating force among its believers, providing a myriad of beautiful implications in our world. On the other hand, where the idea of being created in God’s image has been misunderstood, the implications can be devastating.
Created in the Image of God brings together leading experts to discuss what it means to be made in image of God and to bring clarity and guidance for implications in the midst of our cultural confusion. The overall approach of this work, though distinct and focused in each of the chapters, reflects a consensus understanding that men and women have been created in God’s image, that they have fallen and are influenced by sin, that Christ has provided redemption through his vicarious death and resurrection, and that there is hope in the promise of eternal life in Christ. Christ succeeded where Adam failed (Rom 5:12-21; 1 Cor 15), allowing those who trust in him to enjoy and glorify him forever.
The rich chapters within, and their helpful application to human dignity issues, will help our world to regain a sense of the marvelous privilege that is ours as image bearers and how that should impact our engagement with complex dignity issues of our day.
David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas system) serves as president of the International Alliance for Christian Education and Distinguished Professor of Theology at Southwestern Seminary, where he also serves as editor of the Southwestern Journal of Theology. He previously served as president of Union University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or editor of more than 40 books and has contributed to about 70 others. He and his wife Lanese have three married sons and eight grandchildren.