Re: Ape talk

Charles Cairns (
Tue, 3 Mar 1998 22:43:09 -0500

Hi George,

You wrote re: the image of God:

> Let me suggest again that an understanding of the image of God
>is not best gotten at by talking about Adam & Eve (even if they were
>historical figures, we know virtually nothing about them) or the
>restoration of the image through Christ (true as that is). Rather, we
>should begin with belief that Christ IS the image of God - not only the
>pre-incarnate 2d Person of the Trinity ("unfleshed logos") but the
>_incarnate_ Word, Jesus of Nazareth. That is the one to whom we have to
>look to see not only who restores genuine humanity but what genuine
>humanity IS.

Very well put, George. However, if Christ *is* the image of God, to what is
Genesis referring? That man was imbued with Christ-likeness at creation? And
if so, what was it in Adam's nature that displayed this quality?