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EMERGING IN THE IMAGE OF GOD TO KNOW GOOD AND EVIL

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Abstract. 

Found in the Primeval History in Genesis, the biblical concepts of the “image of God” and the “knowledge of good and evil” remain integral to Christian anthropology, especially with regard to the theologoumena of “fall” and “original sin.” All of these symbols are remained important and appropriate descriptors of the human condition, provided that contemporary academic theological anthropology engages in constructive dialogue with the natural and social sciences. Using Paul Ricoeur's notion of “second naïveté experience,” I illustrate the hermeneutical significance of contemporary bio-cultural or socio-biological evolutionary theory for reformulating these concepts of Christian anthropology today.
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Keywords: constitutive utterance; created co-creator; emergence; fall; humans-being-and-becoming-in-relation; imago Dei or image of God; knowledge of good and evil; myth; negative contrast experience; original sin; relationality; second naïveté; theory of meaning

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Jason P. Roberts is a PhD candidate in religious studies at Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, 607 N. 13th St. Milwaukee, WI 53201, USA;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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