One of Desiring God s Top 15 Books of 2015 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him male and female he created them Genesis 1 27 Genesis 1 26 27 has served as the locus of most theological anthropologies in the central Christian tradition However, Richard Lints observes that too rarely have these verses been understood as conceptuallyOne of Desiring God s Top 15 Books of 2015 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him male and female he created them Genesis 1 27 Genesis 1 26 27 has served as the locus of most theological anthropologies in the central Christian tradition However, Richard Lints observes that too rarely have these verses been understood as conceptually interwoven with the whole of the prologue materials of Genesis 1 The construction of the cosmic temple strongly hints that the image of God language serves liturgical functions Lints argues that idol language in the Bible is a conceptual inversion of the image language of Genesis 1 These constructs illuminate each other, and clarify the canon s central anthropological concerns The question of human identity is distinct, though not separate, from the question of human nature the latter has far too frequently been read into the biblical use of image Lints shows how the narrative of human identity runs from creation imago Dei to fall the golden calf idol, Exodus 32 to redemption Christ as perfect image, Colossians 1 15 20 The biblical theological use of image idol is a thread through the canon that highlights the movements of redemptive history In the concluding chapters of this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, Lints interprets the use of idolatry as it emerges in the secular prophets of the nineteenth century, and examines the recent renaissance of interest in idolatry with its conceptual power to explain the culture of desire Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles The NSBT series is edited by D A Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.
Identity and Idolatry The Image of God and Its Inversion One of Desiring God s Top Books of So God created man in his own image in the image of God he created him male and female he created them Genesis Genesis has served as the locus
This past summer, I read Lints Fabric of Theology where he outlines a model of evangelical theological method I loved it It was a book I had been desiring to read but had not yet found Reading it was a treat Whenever I found out he had a book coming out in the NSBT series, my ears initially perked up finally Lints was able to work out his method about an issue the imago dei The NSBT series often fails to disappoint, though each volume has its own priorities This volume is certainly philosophica [...]
This book is pure gold.
the book was worth the price and read if for nothing else chapter 7 Lint s over view of the philosophy of the 18th and 19th century in relation to identity was awesome the rest of the book was repeat read largely of We become what we worship by G.K Beale and The Temple and the Churches Mission all in all a good book and informative read.
Richard Lints is a deep thinker who helped me understand how the question of human identity is a vital thread that ties together the entire biblical story line The image of God in humanity runs through creation imago Dei to fall the golden calf idol, Exodus 32 to redemption Christ as perfect image, Colossians 1 15 20 Its counter argument, that is the idea of idolatry is a conceptual inversion of the image language of Genesis 1 He will help the thoughtful reader delve deeply into this vital them [...]
In the newest addition to the NSBT series New Studies in Biblical Theology Richard Lints explores the relationship between identity and idolatry, with special regard to relevancy of the topic for modern Christians and how it actually affect how Christians think He is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Hamilton Campus at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary He is also the Andrew Muth distinguished Professor in Theology His focuses in philosophy and theology, apologet [...]
This book s grasp and explanation of the Imago Dei opened my eyes to so much in Scripture It impacted my reading of the Bible and practice of faith and repentance in great and significant ways The writing did disappoint at times owing to simultaneous density and redundancy I particularly appreciated the chapters on Genesis 1 and Christ as the restored image and the examination of the secular prophets.
This is one of the best theological books I ve read in a long time Highly recommended.