Genesis and Creation in Love

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Though my friends in the College of Science might think differently, I'm discovering that being an 'Arts and Leisures' student isn't as easy as it looks. I seem to do nothing but read and read, and what used to be a favorite childhood pastime has beco

a nightmarish journey to paper cuts and bifocals. The saving grace, as I see it, is that so many of my class subjects and readings overlap. During this week alone, I was required to digest the first three books of Genesis for three different classes!

I've analyzed Genesis from a theological viewpoint, from a romantic viewpoint, and finally (in this paper) from a literary-type viewpoint. For someone who went to public schools and never had any religious education, I think I'm getting to know the Bib

pretty well.

My recent classwork has provided the perfect launchpad for my theological inquiries: What is God? How do I, as a person, relate to Him? Parker J. Palmer answers both of these questions quite simply in 'Education as a Spiritual Journey' when he asser

that 'humankind was first formed 'in the image of God,' the image of love' (Palmer 17).

Palmer goes on to define that being created in the image of God means to be created in or for love. Though this is a very appealing assertion, I find that there i

nothing concrete in Genesis 1-3 to confirm it. The text in Genesis is ambiguous, and only by interpretation can it be shown to support Palmer's claims.

The first mention of man's creation occurs in the Chapter One of Genesis in the First Story of Creation. 'God created man in his image; in the divine image he created them; male and female he created them' (1:27). This a well-known and oft-repeated s

tement; however nowhere...