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Created in God's Image [Paperback]

By Anthony a. Hoekema (Author)
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This second book in a series of doctrinal studies concerns itself with theological anthropology, or the Christian doctrine of man. Anthony A. Hoekema attempts to set forth what the Bible teaches about the nature and destiny of human beings. He has based his study on a close examination of the relevant scriptural material. The theological viewpoint is that of evangelical Christianity from a Reformed or Calvinistic perspective. 264 pages from Eerdmans Publishing Company. The other two books in this compendium of doctrinal studies include: Saved by Grace, and The Bible and the Future.

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ccording to Scripture, humankind was created in the image of God. Hoekema discusses the implications of this theme, devoting several chapters to the biblical teaching on God's image, the teaching of philosophers and theologians through the ages, and his own theological analysis. Suitable for seminary-level anthropology courses, yet accessible to educated laypeople. Extensive bibliography, fully indexed.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 5.94" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0802808506  
ISBN13  9780802808509  

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Clear Message, Sound Biblical Teaching  Nov 21, 2007
I had to read this book as part of one of my seminary books. To say the least I had to buy this book in spanish not only because it was the first theology books I had read but It really did open my eyes to our humanness and what Gods purpose for us was to being with. This is a book that sometimes uses a bit of theological language but there are harder ones out there! Mucho amor!
Nice book on the question of the Image of God  Oct 18, 2003
Anthony Hoekema does an admirable job of explaining and defending a biblical view of man by arguing that man is both a creature and a person. Man is a creature in the sense that he is totally dependent on God for everything he has and is, but man is also a person who has freedom and can make choices. Thus in Hoekema's words man is a created person and herein lies the central mystery of biblical anthropology. How can man be both a created person when supporting one aspect of man's being virtually eliminates any support for the other aspect. I think this is the primary concern that drives Hoekema's work and it is one that he think he deals with admirably in the book.

I liked how Hoekema showed from biblical exegesis that the image of God is retained in man, although damaged, and is not destroyed. This is one area of belief where most Reformed theologians are either oppossed to Hoekema or utterly inconsistent. Hoekema argues from Scripture and demonstrates how the view of Berkouwer that God's image in man is gone and is only said to be there as a possibility is wrong. Furthermore, he shows how John Calvin was inconsistent on this question at one point saying the image is destroyed and at another saying the image of God is present in man in some capacity and this is why we should love all men. Moreover, I like how Hoekema dealt with the views of other great Christian thinkers like Ireneaus, Aquinas, and Barth on the question. Furthermore, I really enjoyed Hoekema's argument that man is a psycho-psomatic unity and is composed of both a body and a soul. I think Hoekema illustrates why the view of man as trichotomy of body, soul and spirit is unwarranted. Hoekema argues that soul and spirit are virtual synonyms in the Bible and I believe he is correct. Lastly, I enjoyed Hoekema's treatment of the subject of man's self-image. I think that this was an interesting and stimulation chapter in the book.

The were a few areas where I thought the book was weak, but I think this was caused more by confusing argumentation than by poor reasoning or exegesis. I wish Hoekema would have gone deeper into the question of how God is totally sovereign in salvation, but yet man still must respond in faith. Since Hoekema lies squarely within the traditional Reformed camp and seems to espouse the view that regeneration proceeds faith, I don't see one can argue that it is man's responsibility to respond in faith since this only happens in the spiritually revived. Also, I think the doctrine of common grace is one with little scriptural support. Now, I don't deny that such grace may exist, but I think the Reformed distinction between common and irresistible or sufficient and efficient graces is one that is not directly supported by the Bible. In fact, such a notion seems to be more a necessary construct of Reformed theology than it is a valid component of Scripture.

All in all, Hoekema's book is an excellent discussion on the question of the image of God in mankind. Hoekema states his point by using, Scripture, exegesis, and some Greek word studies. Although there are few elements that detract from the overall quality of this work it is still an excellent piece of literature and an nice defense of modern Reformed scholarship on the issue.

A wonderful book for every Christian  Jun 19, 2003
While attending Bible college, I took a class called "Biblical View of Persons." One of the many books we read for this class was "Created In God's Image." From the first to the last chapter I was totally subdued and challenged. It truly gave me many things to think about and study even more. One of the more challenging chapters was chapter 3 that focused on "The Image of God: Biblical Teaching." This caused me to have many questions as far as interpretation of the passages he looks at from the OT. The topic of man losing the image and/or likeness of God was quite reeling and forced mew to think more on the subject than maybe I had previously thought. My second challenge in this book was in chapter 6 with "The Question of the Self-Image." he brought out things that I had thought of before but muffled and I must say I feel he was right on target. His point about the three-fold relationship - to God, others and nature - really being four - to himself - is ideal. I could not agree with Hoekema more when he states that the relationship to himself is not alongside the other three, but underlies the other three. His definition of self-love and self-esteem are right on target and I must agree with him that the term "self-image" is much more suitable.
Helpful Yet Confused Treatment of Man's Image  Mar 21, 2003
Hoekema is a careful and thorough theologian. Here he takes on a difficult, yet more pivotal doctrine that many take far too much for granted: imago Dei, human sin, grace, etc.

His survey of doctrinal history is adequate, however concentrates as it should on Hoekema's Reformed heritage.

He comes out with a position that appears to be untenably suspended between soverignty of God and man's freedom, while all the time upholding total depravity. This is part of the Reformed dillemma, which focuses not on Christology but on soverignty. There is no issue with soverignty if primarily tied to Christology and soteriology.

In this reviewer's analysis, the tensions left are not Biblical tensions, due somewhat to this faulty anthropology.

For a different look, try and locate a magnificent treatment: "The Doctrine of Man in Classical Lutheran Theology" by Chemnitz and Gerhard. Here anthropology jives with Christology and soteriology, as what is central to imago Dei is lost righteousness before God, restored in justification in the "now and not yet" of proper eschatology. Original sin has its way, thus freedom in spiritual matters is gone with Christology and means of grace working.

Hoekema is certainly worth the reading and careful attention to his opinions, and this volume certainly delivers such.

An Excellent Treatment of a Difficult Topic  Oct 12, 2002
Anthony Hoekema's book, Created in God's Image, is the second of his trilogy - The Bible and the Future (1st), and Saved By Grace (3rd). I found this book very insightful; both in terms of making sense of various passages in the New and Old Testament, and along with adding meat for me to build a better understanding of what man's relation to God is, and what is man's relation to other persons, or even the natural world. This is what you will find in this book in case you too are wondering what it means to be created in God's image, since that is essentially what the book is about.

To answer that question, there have been various answers. There are materialists and determinists (no necessary connection) in which people claim that all we are is determined, or others say we are simply just a material body. But is this consistent with a Christian anthropology? Hoekema doesn't believe so. First, he wants to establish that man (humanity) reflects God's image *now.* As you can imagine, there are theologians who denied that the image of God in man continued post-fall. After establishing that man still is, what is the relevance of that? Hoekema considers various historical answers - from Irenaeus to Aquinas to Calvin to Barth, etc - followed by a scriptural exposition about what is the correct view. Various questions in that area are: what is meant by freedom; what are the results or the origin of sin; what about original sin; and how is man composed (i.e. body and soul - dichotomy, or something else?); etc.

One brief criticism. Hoekema comes from a Dutch Reformed background. This means that he has a really strong view about the effects of the fall in terms of man's deadness in sin. On the other hand, Hoekema wants to affirm that man has the type of freedom such that man is really the self-determiner of his actions. So, on the one hand, he affirms libertarian agency, on the other he affirms total depravity. I may be wrong, but how this is possible is completely paradoxical and perhaps inconsistent as far as I can see from a philosophical stand point. Nevertheless, I at least highly respect him for admitting that he will just have to accept it as a mystery, rather than ruling out moral responsibility or some form of agency.

In sum, besides that one point which I think Hoekema could have had a better way to approach the issue by (such as what Jonathan Edwards did), I think Hoekema's book is a gem in getting a good grasp about what it means to be created in God's image. He exegetes scripture well and articulates his view nicely.


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