Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
Genesis 1:26 (ESV)
Even this portion of a verse of Scripture has serious ramifications for apologetic methodology.
When “image” and “likeness” are taken not to be synonymous but rather to refer to two different concepts a false anthropological dichotomization is created which either extends to or finds inductive support from other doctrines similarly understood. Thus the ‘image’ of God might incorrectly be thought of as being natural to humans while the ‘likeness’ of God is thought of as supernatural so that an instance of a fabricated distinction …Read more