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On Being Made in the Image of God

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

In this 2-minute video from Public Christianity Rowan Williams currently serving at Cambridge University discusses how we image God. In our day to day life we often forget and miss that aspect of our life. With our image of God comes much responsibility both spiritual and physical.

On Being Made in the Image of God

Here is the Transcript from the video:

“Because Christianity has this commitment to the idea that human beings are made in the image of God, then even it takes a while for this really to bed in in Christian thinking, it has to be recognized everybody has that in them, that divine image. You can see in the early Christian period even very anti-feminist thinkers gradually coming around to the idea that, well, yes, women too, and extending this further and further. You see that in the high valuation that lots of forms of Christian practice give to the dignity of the poor or the marginal, the otherwise helpless, the people who are not successful managerial figures.

So the idea that everybody has a role, everyone has freedom and dignity that they can exercise, that’s really deeply embedded in Christianity and it’s embedded in the particular theological idea in the New Testament that the ideal community – which is what the Church is supposed to be – the ideal community is one where everybody is dependent on everyone else. Where there’s a recognition that if some other individual is suffering, you’re suffering, you’re less than you are. If you are doing well, then it’s for the sake of the other. Now that both affirms the dignity of the individual and the fact that no individual can be understood or valued apart from relationship. And that’s the balance which I think is crucial, especially in Christianity, that mutuality – not just an individual dignity but a dignity in relationship.” – Rowan Williams Copyright © Centre for Public Christianity 2020 All Rights Reserved

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