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Evolution and the Imago Dei
The Artist as Translator


Artists are uniquely equipped to assist with the difficult task of reconciliation. Their view of the world is at once open, exploratory, passionate, and compassionate. As a result, they often take on conflicting issues, provide an imaginative ground for dialogue, and attempt to create a synthesis that enables people to connect and communicate.

Our world has become increasingly political, especially in certain arenas of dialogue. The science-faith dialogue, for example, has become increasingly charged in the US in the area of evolutionary theory, especially in the light of ongoing and recent discoveries in biogeography, paleontology, embryology, and genetics. There is a need for reconciliation and open dialogue.

A grant from the BioLogos Foundation—which was founded by a scientist who was a man of faith—has given Image, and especially the artists who form a vital part of our community, an opportunity to assist with that dialogue.

Because artists deal with the concrete—stories, images, materials—they embody ideas and themes that would otherwise remain abstract, producing surprisingly accessible results. Their work not only enriches the private life of many individuals but broadens out to impact the church (through sermons, worship, and other activities) and the culture (through a variety of media).

Image published a special issue, Evolution and the Imago Dei, featuring essays, poems, short stories, and a book review engaging the intersection of art, faith, and science. Accompanying the issue are study guides for undergraduate students and church adult study classes.

In addition to a special issue of Image journal, this grant from the BioLogos Foundation has also enabled Image to publish Good Letters blog posts, host special Glen Workshop seminars on art, faith, and science, and host a colloquy to explore the ground between theology and science.

The colloquy was held in November 2013 on Whidbey Island, Washington. In attendance were nine artists, led by editor Gregory Wolfe with key contributions from theologian Dr. Jeremy Begbie and environmental scientist Calvin DeWitt. The artists in attendance were selected for their demonstrated interest in the theme of creation—a theme that also runs through their artworks. They also presented video and music selections and readings from their own body of work.


Evolution and the Imago Dei

Read the poems, essays, and more from special Image issue 85.

Web Exclusive: A Conversation with Natalie Settles


Darwin and the Problem of Time


Where Are You?


The Evolving Song


The Arrow of Time


Immersed in Mystery


The Feverfew


Reductionist Confessions


Sons of Noah


Notes toward Knowing


Two-Book Wisdom


Rock, Paper, Scissors


A Conversation with Jeremy Begbie


Ecologies of Knowing


When God Dreamed Eve through Adam


In the Beginning


Infantile Paralysis


Elegy for a Microbe Hunter


The Microbiome and the Boson


Prodigal Body


Orange and Spices


Return to the Beginning


The Music before the Music


In the Beginning Was the Word


Christmas Morning in a Hotel Room


Poem in July




And I Will Look for You in Fields of Poppies


How Long the Long Winter


Middle Distance, Morning




Manifest, by Reason of Birth


Fire in Freedom


The Moss Method


Give Dust a Tongue


Pavane for a Dead Princess


No Better Place to End


Art, Faith, and Science on the Good Letters Blog

Explore the ways in which art can help us perceive and engage the mysteries of creation. 

Cry Melodies

| November 16, 2015

Canticle of Creation

| September 22, 2015

No Better Place to End, Part 2

| August 13, 2015

No Better Place to End, Part 1

| August 12, 2015

Redrawing the Tree of Life in Yellowstone

| August 6, 2015

Poets and Pope Embrace our Planet

| July 28, 2015

The Horseshoe Crab’s Evolutionary Success

| July 24, 2015

A Conversation with Artist Natalie Settles, Part 2

| July 16, 2015

A Conversation with Artist Natalie Settles, Part 1

| July 15, 2015

The Dissonant Note

| June 30, 2015

The Science and Sundayness of Play

| June 3, 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos and the Megachurch

| April 8, 2015

The Bible, Science, and Higher Education

| March 19, 2015

Science and Faith: an Evolving Conversation

| February 24, 2015

God’s Grandeur

| February 12, 2015

Living With Darwin

| February 10, 2015

My Big Bang Theory

| November 5, 2014

Raising Kids in the Creation/Evolution Divide, Part 2

| October 23, 2014

Raising Kids in the Creation/Evolution Divide, Part 1

| October 22, 2014

Rubble and Re-Creation

| September 24, 2014

The Creationist Crisis Reprise

| August 28, 2014

Eiseley, Darwin, and the Weird Portentous

| August 1, 2014

Scientific Passions

| May 23, 2014

Crying Ocean

| April 23, 2014

Beauty’s Victory

| April 3, 2014

Creation, Evolution, and the Over-Active Imagination, Part 2

| March 27, 2014

Creation, Evolution, and the Over-Active Imagination, Part 1

| March 26, 2014

A Blaze of Holy Unease, Part 2

| February 11, 2014

A Blaze of Holy Unease, Part 1

| February 10, 2014

Beyond Sight: The Imago Dei Project

| January 28, 2014

Face to Face: The Imago Dei Project

| December 30, 2013

Eve, the Apple, and the Need To Know: The Imago Dei Project

| October 29, 2013

The Evolution of Evolutionary Language: The Imago Dei Project

| October 25, 2013

This project was made possible through the support of a grant from The BioLogos Foundation’s Evolution and Christian Faith program. The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of BioLogos.

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