The Image of God in Man: How Mankind Is Unique

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

RESEARCH PAPER PROPOSAL:

The Image of God in Man: How Mankind is Unique.

THEO 525 LUO (Spring 2012)

Systematic Theology I

Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

Nathaniel Jones (ID# L21077684)

May 12, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS|
Thesis…….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Introduction……………………….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2The Beginning…………………………………………………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Views ………….……………………… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Original Image……………………… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7God’s Image In Woman…………………………………….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Conclusion…… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Bibliography……. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11| |

THESIS STATEMENT
Instead of dividing the human race into characteristics, one must recognize that the whole essence of the human being is the exact image and likeness of God.

INTRODUCTION

There are several biblical questions, From Christology, "What think ye of Christ?” From Soteriology "What must I do to be saved?" and From Eschatology "What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" the question, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" (Anthropology) must also be asked.1 The question, what is man, was asked by David in the book of Psalms, while he was reflecting on the majesty of God and thinking about the infinite enormity of the heavens. What is man question has been asked yet still today. Man has been trying to locate an answer to this question concerning the why and how of our existence, man’s journey, man’s purpose for life, and ultimately the destiny of man. However we are defined makes big difference on how we act and treat each other. The question still remains to be at hand, what is man. "What is man?" has occupied the minds of some of the world’s greatest thinkers and in the church in all ages. The answer of the church is the concept of the "image of God" is looming large. Man’s image of God is treated by some theologians as part of a chapter in their anthropology, 2 others give a whole chapter,3 and some use it as a starting point to draft a systematic presentation of the Christian faith.4 1 Matt. 22:42; Acts 16:30; Matt. 24:3; Ps. 8:4.

2 E.g., Robert L. Dabney, Lectures in Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1972), pp. 293-296, 298-299; Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Leicester: IVP, 1994), pp. 442-450. 3 E.g., J. J. Van Oosterzee, Christian Dogmatics, trans. John Watson Watson and Maurice J. Evans (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1878), pp. 374-377. 4 E.g., Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, The True Image: The Origin and Destiny of Man in Christ (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989);

There are several biblical questions, From Christology, "What think ye of Christ?” From Soteriology "What must I do to be saved?" and From Eschatology "What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" the question, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" (Anthropology) must also be asked.5 The question, what is man, was asked by David in the book of Psalms, while he was reflecting on the majesty of God and thinking about the infinite enormity of the heavens. What is man question has been asked yet still today. Man has been trying to locate an answer to this question concerning the why and how of our existence, man’s journey, man’s purpose for life, and ultimately the destiny of man. However we...
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