A few years ago, The Used began their sophomore album with a scratchy recording of man with a reassuring voice saying, “Life’s greatest questions have always been: Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? You are about to see and hear one of the most significant messages given to us from God.” The needle scratches across the record, and rather than hearing this “significant message” we hear a gun shot.
For The Used and for many of us, the questions remain.
Since it was first penned, the first chapter of Genesis has been teasing those who seek identity to discover what was meant by the author’s claim: “God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Somewhere, somehow, within each of us, we bear a likeness to the God of the universe, the God of creation. In him are we, and in us is He.
As to what that means, it depends on who you ask. Are we made in God’s image because of our cognitive abilities or our ability to communicate? Is it our capacity for selfless love or our eternal spirits? Is it our moral center or our desire for relationships? It depends on who you ask. Venomous disagreements surround the meaning of these twenty heavy words. We will explore many this semester, and as we do we’ll be making two assumptions: (1) in creating people, God was expressing something about Himself, and that (2) He did so for a reason.
To kick off the series, we hosted a little experiment in crowdsource theology, and encouraged people on Facebook to submit pictures, videos, and thoughts about what they think the Image of God looks like. We got some pretty amazing responses, check out the video.
All are welcome! Join us on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm in the basement of the Kilworth Chapel at the University of Puget Sound.
** Our first gathering will be in the Rotunda on January 24th!**