Imago Dei

How as Christians do we understand man’s creation in God’s image, particularly relating to people with disabilities? How do we incorporate a person with cognitive disabilities into the life of the church? During this Sunday school class, Pastor Chip Hammond examines the Christian doctrine of the imago Dei in those with such disabilities.

The class traces the doctrine through church history and critically examines the modern literature dealing with the imago doctrine, writings from the “disability theologians,” and other academic works.

Participants examine what God has revealed in Genesis 1:26-27 and other pertinent texts. The class considers the insights of historic expositions of the doctrine to establish a more accurate imago theology that is inclusive of all people.

Conclusions draw out the implications for saving grace and for a church’s relationship to those with severe cognitive disabilities and their incorporation into the life of the church.