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“We see all around us in our culture the impulse of secular humanism: the so-called ideal of the perfection of man apart from God. We see this attempt to perfect man without God. For Eastern Christian spirituality, the perfection of man is only possible because the ‘image of God’ was deposited in man, according to which man was created (and which is the source of what is distinctly “human”), and which progresses to the likeness of the Creator through the deifying mysteries of the Church. It is an entirely spiritual anthropology encompassing all of man, including the faculties of his soul and body and their potential of being spiritualized.” (Kevin Allen)

“We wonder at the resurrection because it is so exceptional. Yet, it is by this exceptional act of God that we can see a deeper relationship between God and the creation—the creation is made to show God’s grandeur. There is a deep distinction between God and nature: Christians are not pantheists, calling everything God. Yet it is not a category error for God to “put on” humanity, since He made us after His image.” (Edith M. Humphrey)

“The search for freedom is at the heart of most of human history, and the desire for it is ingrained in us. We were created in the image of God, the source of true freedom. God is beyond being and non-being because He creates being—now that’s freedom….God’s most important gift to man, that which identifies him as a creature made in the image of God, is free will." (Father Barnabas Powell, Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas and the South)

“Do not confuse man, the image of God, with the wickedness that is in him, for the wickedness is only accidental, his misfortune, a sickness, an illusion of the devil; but his being, the image of God, still remains…Since we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), the capacity for love is part of our inmost essence... He [Christ] shows us our potential to love. He does more than display for us an ideal – in a supreme act of love, He directly attacks the evil that negates our capacity to love.” (St. John of Krondstat, Dynamis 4/29/2014)

“Human worth is not based on possessions, achievements, physical attractiveness, or public acclaim. Instead, it is based on being made in God’s image…Knowing that we are made in God’s image and thus share many of His characteristics provides a solid basis for self-worth…Because we bear God’s image, we can feel positive about ourselves. Criticizing or downgrading ourselves is criticizing what God has made and the abilities He has given us…We attempt to build up an image in our own and others’ eyes because we lack the trust to believe that in God’s eyes being simply ourselves (ordinary) is enough.” (Life Application Study Bible, Genesis 1:26, Robert J. Wicks)

"The fallen state of Men prevents them from fully comprehending the deep truths of creation. The light of existence is sensed, but not comprehended...The human being, as an image of God, perceives the infinite within the finite." (Lisa Coutras)

“Our sinfulness affects our receptivity to others and restrains our openness and our very willingness to reach out to others. Only because the image of our Creator is found within us do we have sufficient vitality even to form relationships or to give and receive love.” (Dynamis 7/2/2014)

"We are made in the image of the creative God to be sub-creators. We can produce things that never would emerge naturally from mere physics or chemistry. God created clay and straw, but left it to us to make bricks. God created sand, but left it to us to use sand to fashion integrated circuits and fiber optics." (Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards)

"If someone believes that we are created in the image of God, they will inevitably live and treat people differently than if they think that the world, and those around them, are a result of spontaneous chance springing from primordial chaos." (Archimandrite Sergius)

“Love every person, regardless of his sinful state. Sin is sin, but the basis of a human being is one and only—the image of God." (St. John of Kronstadt)