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In God's Image
An Anthropology of the Spirit
PAPERBACK; Coming Soon: 2/4/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7874-8
Price: $ 21.00
167 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5 x 8
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From the 2019/2020 Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh 

In God’s Image describes how centering our culture on the human and divine spirit can revitalize four universally acknowledged characteristics of a thriving human existence: justice, freedom, truth, and peace. Inspired not only by religious sources, but also by scientists, philosophers, economists, and legal and political theorists, Michael Welker develops the idea of a “multimodal” spirit that generates the possibility of living and acting in the image of God. 

Welker’s new approach to natural theology explains why the human and the divine spirit cannot adequately be grasped in simple bipolar relations and why the human spirit should not be reduced to the rational mind. Addressing the question What is the calling of human beings? in the context of late modern pluralistic societies, he aims at explaining to believers and non-believers alike what it means to be persons created in the image of God, moved by a spirit of justice, freedom, truth, and peace.

Table of Contents

1. Human Beings as the Image of God? The Breadth and Abysses of Human Existence
2. Human Spirit and Divine Spirit
3. Called to Justice
4. Called to Freedom
5. Called to Truth
6. Called to Peace