Imago Dei in Emerging Theology
The theological idea of imago Dei comes from the creation account of humanity. Genesis 1:26-27 says,
One theological question that emerges from the story of humanity is, “to what extent has the imago Dei been corrupted as a result of the fall of humanity?” Or stated positively, “how much of the imago Dei is retained in fallen humanity?” This would appear to be a core issue when we discuss Christianity’s encounter with a postmodern culture. Our view of humanity drives the way in which we present the gospel. If, for example, we view God’s image created in humanity as corrupt our gospel message will tend to focus on resolving the cause of corruption. However, if our view suggests that humanity is essentially good our gospel message might focus on humanity’s ability to please God.
I do believe that there is a range of theological formulations regarding imago Dei that could be considered orthodox. Nevertheless, how they are presented to or understood by a postmodern is important in a contextualized gospel message. So the question I’d like to submit for discussion is what does the imago Dei look like in an emerging theology?