Date of Award


Document Type

Seminar Paper

Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

William Schumacher

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Romans 3:28; Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 15:49; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 11:7-9; 1 Corinthians 15:48-49; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 4:4-5; Ephesians 4:22-24:; Colossians 1:13-15; Colossians 3:9- 10; Hebrews 1:3; James 3:9; Romans 8:29;


For centuries discussion and debate over the image of God has engaged theologians of every tradition. What is the image of God? Of what does it consist? How does Scripture speak of this image? Does it relate to all human beings? Establishing answers and definitions to such questions is a difficult yet vitally important task. Significant to these discussions are the implications that such definitions will have upon the understanding of human identity and human existence.

Treatments on the image of God have a variety of definitions and interpretations depending on the individual theologian and their theological tradition. There are three basic approaches to understanding the image of God: ontological, relational, and functional.

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