On the image of God (II)

Nicholas Wolterstorff explains what he thinks it means.



Nicholas Wolterstorff explains what he thinks it means.


So in my view, in my way of thinking, there are two components here, in a theistic account. One is that we have a certain nature which sets us apart from alligators and crocodiles and beetles and so forth – human nature, by virtue of which we bear a resemblance to God. But I think one has to add something to it. We’re also beloved of God, and beloved of God in a way in which the crocodiles and the alligators are not. And being beloved of God gives us worth, just … and I give an analogy: suppose the king in some ancient monarchy feels lonely, just says that he wants to befriend certain people in the realm. And he picks them – not necessarily because they’re the noblest or whatever, but he selects them. That’s a matter of honour on their part, they’ve been singled out for an honour. If they’re writing up their curriculum vitae, they could say: I was honoured by the king as someone that he wanted to be friends with.