Theologian Ian McFarland claims that Christians have mainly misappropriated the “image of God” language for 2000 years and thereby missed a rich resource for our knowledge of God.
Rather than referring to some germinal divine element in humans, such as reason, McFarland claims that the image of God in us tells us something about God and how we know God. It tells us that God, though not identical with us, communicates Godself to us in creative love, in a way that offers precious clues about God’s transcendence, immanence, triune life, self-disclosure, incarnation, and intentions for human life. McFarland's careful and exacting work builds from this kernel a powerful Christian vision of God's life and our own destiny in Christ.
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McFarland’s ambitious work shows us how to see anew the image of God in Jesus Christ, whose body is made vibrantly visible in legions of faithful believers—in all their rich diversity. For him, difference is not a problem but a promise—a gift that allows us to grasp Christ in the very tissue of our complex identities and contexts. The Divine Image is exciting—a window is exciting—a window into a whole new generation of serious, engaged Christology
—Serene Jones, Professor of Theology Yale University