Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

God's Many-Splendored Image

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

God's Many-Splendored Image

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God's Many-Splendored Image BY NONNA VERNA HARRISON BAKER, 207 PAGES, $22.99

Genesis 1:27 declares that human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. Early Christian theologians from Irenaeus in the second century to Maximus the Confessor in the seventh sought to understand what this verse taught about the nature of human beings, as well as the ways in which it sheds light on the humanity of the Word made flesh. The nature of human beings remains as pressing an issue as ever. Nonna Verna Harrison, a noted scholar of Greek Patristics, has done a superb job introducing us to the many and various ways early Christians (as well as voices from the medieval and contemporary world) understood how human being were created in God's image and likeness.

Harrison does what far too few academics do: introduce her subject to a wide audience in a rigorous manner with a personal, indeed prayerful, tone. …

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