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The communities and cultures around us are asking a lot of questions about gender. Some people are asking if gender makes a difference in churches or families, others are asking if gender even matters for identity, and others are questioning if gender exists at all.
Or, one question we can ask that would answer all the others questions is: What does it mean to be human?
Here is the way followers of Jesus have asked that question: What does it mean that humans are created in God’s image?
Dr. Carmen Imes joins us to explore the image of God and what that tells us about human identity. (For fellow Bible nerds, this is a theological-doctrine called Imago Dei—the teaching and study of humans created as God’s reflection and representation.)
Carmen studies ancient cultures and is an Old Testament expert. In this interview, Shane and Carmen explore how human’s are created in God’s image and what that means for our gender, our relationships, and our roles.
Some of the Interview Questions:
Why did you begin studying the image of God and human identity?
What does it mean that God has created human’s in His image?
If someone has a disability does that mean they have less of God’s image?
What does gender have to with God’s image?
Is gender a part of our human identity?
Does gender impact roles in churches or in families?
About Dr. Carmen Imes:
Check out Dr. Imes’ book: Being God’s Image: Why Creation Still Matters
Carmen Joy Imes (PhD, Wheaton) is associate professor of Old Testament at Biola University. Dr. Imes is the author of Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters and Praying the Psalms with Augustine and Friends.