Book Review: Created in God’s Image

I picked up Created in God’s Image by Anthony Hoekema at the Splintered Light Bookstore sale at the end of last semester. I teach the internship class on the image of God and have long had this book on my list.

Honestly, I should have read it a long time ago. It was a great and thorough read on the image of God. He goes through the history of the image, the importance of it, the biblical support of it, and what it means for us now.

He gave me a better understanding for why discussion of the image is important. We need to recapture the idea of a Creator and us as created things. We are both person and creature. That is to say that we are dependent on the Creator and have a choice of what to do as people. I found this both fascinating and very helpful.

The image of God is unloseable. It is distorted and can be restored completely in the resurrection of all things. Everyone has the image of God.

For Hoekema the image of God is important for three aspects of our lives. Our relationship with God, with others, and with nature. I found this to be very helpful and a good step away from just believing it gave us dominion over creation.

I did not find his discourse on trichotomy and dichotomy to be helpful at all. He was also very reformed.

Overall, a very good theology book on the image of God. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book on the image of God.

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