Patricia Hofer

What part of us is “the image of God”?

“And God created man, in the image of God he created him” (Gen. 1:27). We do not find this written in the heavens or on earth or on the sun or moon. Indeed this human, made “in the image of God,” we do not understand as bodily. For no figment of the body contains the image of God, nor is the corporeal human said to be created but formed, as is written in what follows. For it says: “God formed man,” that is, shaped him “of dust from the ground’ (Gen. 2:7). But the one who was made “in the image of God” is our internal human, invisible and incorporeal and incorrupt and immortal. (Origen: Spirit & fire. Ed. By Hans Urs von Balthasar)

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