Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God

Bibliographic information:

Kilner, John. Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015.



  • Documents how misunderstandings of God’s image have caused great devastation throughout history.
  • Interacts via extensive footnotes with over 1100 writings that discuss the image of God.
  • Discusses in detail all biblical references to the image of God.
  • Explains why being in God’s image/likeness doesn’t mean that people have certain traits, abilities, or capacities that are like those of God or unlike those of animals.
  • Shows why the popular idea that God’s image has been damaged by sin should be avoided.
  • Demonstrates how locating Christ at the center of what God’s image means brings much clarity.
  • Finds the essence of God’s image to involve connection with God and reflection of God.
  • Clarifies the biblical difference between being God’s image (which Christ is) and being in God’s image (which people are).
  • Explains how humanity’s creation and renewal in God’s image are central to human dignity and human destiny.
  • Demonstrates that a sound understanding of God’s image can have a tremendously liberating impact in the world.


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