Dignity and Destiny
Humanity in the Image of God
In Dignity and Destiny, John Kilner explores what the Bible itself teaches about humanity being in God’s image. He discusses in detail all of the biblical references to the image of God, interacts extensively with other work on the topic and documents how misunderstandings of it have been so problematic.
People made according to God’s image, Kilner says, have a special connection with God and are intended to be a meaningful reflection of Him. Because of sin, they don’t actually reflect Him very well, but Kilner shows why the popular idea that sin has damaged the image of God is mistaken. He also clarifies the biblical difference between being God’s image (which Christ is) and being in God’s image (which humans are). He explains how humanity’s creation and renewal in God’s image are central, respectively, to human dignity and destiny.
Locating Christ at the center of what God’s image means, Kilner charts a constructive way forward and reflects on the tremendously liberating impact that a sound understanding of the image of God can have in the world today.
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John F. Kilner, PhD
John F. Kilner, PhD is the Franklin Forman Chair of Ethics, Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, and the Director of Bioethics Degree Programs at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. From the 1994 founding of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity until 2005, Dr. Kilner served as the Center’s President and CEO. He presently serves as a Senior Fellow in the Academy of Fellows of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.
An author of numerous articles in such journals as the Hastings Center Report; Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law; American Journal of Public Health; Archives of Internal Medicine; Mayo Clinic Proceedings; American Journal of Jurisprudence; Interpretation; and Ethics & Medicine, he has written or edited over 20 books. His award-winning Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God (2015) has most recently been followed by Why People Matter: A Christian Engagement with Rival Views of Human Significance (2017). Earlier books include Why the Church Needs Bioethics; Biotechnology and the Human Good; Life on the Line; Who Lives? Who Dies?; Cutting Edge Bioethics; The Reproduction Revolution; Bioethics and the Future of Medicine; Dignity and Dying; Genetic Ethics; The Changing Face of Health Care; Basic Questions on Genetics, Stem Cell Research, and Cloning; Basic Questions on Healthcare; Basic Questions on Reproductive Technology; Basic Questions on Alternative Medicine; Basic Questions on End of Life Decisions; and Basic Questions on Suicide and Euthanasia.
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