2012 Bible Conference
Theme: In God’s Image
“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (NRSV Genesis 1:27)
The biblical affirmation that God created human beings in God’s own image has been the foundation of the intrinsic value of human life, while the exact definition of imago dei is still under debate. The primary purpose of this conference is not to arrive at a definitive understanding of God’s image, but to celebrate the richness that resides in the biblical notion of a human being created in God’s image. To this end, the conference brings together critical perspectives on creation from preachers, theologians, historians, and an art historian, who will help us to walk through diverse ways to dwell on the notion of God’s image. We anticipate a locus in which participants travel back into the ancient Near Easter world whose myth conceptualized human beings as mere labor force created to relieve gods of their chores.
We will also investigate Jewish and Christian representations of “God’s image” in creation. In a world where the worth of a human being is assessed by how much a person may be able to produce, the biblical teaching on God’s image challenges the believing communities to reflect upon the value of life as determined by the design of God’s creation. Our goal at the conference is to offer new insights or new slants on existing views of how we understand God for ourselves and perhaps how we may expand others’ horizons on what may be the simplest or the most complex relationship believers have with their personal concept of God.