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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.

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Evolution and the Imago Dei

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

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Dott. Carlo Urbani

Hanoi  Vietnam Dicembre 2002

Elegy for a Microbe Hunter


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The Feverfew


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candle

And I Will Look for You in Fields of Poppies


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Infantile Paralysis


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Immersed in Mystery


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June


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In the Beginning


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No Better Place to End


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The Arrow of Time


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Poem in July


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When God Dreamed Eve through Adam


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Pavane for a Dead Princess


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The Evolving Song


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Christmas Morning in a Hotel Room


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Ecologies of Knowing


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Give Dust a Tongue


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Where Are You?


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tree

In the Beginning Was the Word


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Begbie

A Conversation with Jeremy Begbie


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moss

The Moss Method


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Darwin

Darwin and the Problem of Time


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The Music before the Music


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crow

Rock, Paper, Scissors


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Landscape

Fire in Freedom


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Web Exclusive: A Conversation with Natalie Settles


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Return to the Beginning


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Two-Book Wisdom


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Manifest, by Reason of Birth


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Orange and Spices


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Notes toward Knowing


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Evolution


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Prodigal Body


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Sons of Noah


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Middle Distance, Morning


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The Microbiome and the Boson


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Reductionist Confessions


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How Long the Long Winter


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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. 

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Cry Melodies

| November 16, 2015
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Canticle of Creation

| September 22, 2015
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No Better Place to End, Part 2

| August 13, 2015
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No Better Place to End, Part 1

| August 12, 2015
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Redrawing the Tree of Life in Yellowstone

| August 6, 2015
PLATE 9. Adrian Wiszniewski. Café Murals, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, 1996.

Poets and Pope Embrace our Planet

| July 28, 2015
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The Horseshoe Crab’s Evolutionary Success

| July 24, 2015
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A Conversation with Artist Natalie Settles, Part 2

| July 16, 2015
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A Conversation with Artist Natalie Settles, Part 1

| July 15, 2015
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The Dissonant Note

| June 30, 2015
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The Science and Sundayness of Play

| June 3, 2015
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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos and the Megachurch

| April 8, 2015
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The Bible, Science, and Higher Education

| March 19, 2015
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Science and Faith: an Evolving Conversation

| February 24, 2015
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God’s Grandeur

| February 12, 2015
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Living With Darwin

| February 10, 2015
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My Big Bang Theory

| November 5, 2014
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Raising Kids in the Creation/Evolution Divide, Part 2

| October 23, 2014
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Raising Kids in the Creation/Evolution Divide, Part 1

| October 22, 2014
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Rubble and Re-Creation

| September 24, 2014
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The Creationist Crisis Reprise

| August 28, 2014
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Eiseley, Darwin, and the Weird Portentous

| August 1, 2014
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Scientific Passions

| May 23, 2014
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Crying Ocean

| April 23, 2014
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Beauty’s Victory

| April 3, 2014
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Creation, Evolution, and the Over-Active Imagination, Part 2

| March 27, 2014
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Creation, Evolution, and the Over-Active Imagination, Part 1

| March 26, 2014
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A Blaze of Holy Unease, Part 2

| February 11, 2014
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A Blaze of Holy Unease, Part 1

| February 10, 2014
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Beyond Sight: The Imago Dei Project

| January 28, 2014
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Face to Face: The Imago Dei Project

| December 30, 2013
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Eve, the Apple, and the Need To Know: The Imago Dei Project

| October 29, 2013
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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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