Anthony Bolos

Anthony is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, researching the relationship between religious epistemology and the value of knowledge. His primary research interests are in epistemology and the philosophy of religion. Starting in September, Anthony will be a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Shalem Center.

“Becoming God’s Image Bearer: An Evolutionary Account of the Imago Dei”

This essay provides an original account of the compatibility of the theology of the imago Dei and the theory of evolution. I argue that not just any of the creatures that evolved could have assumed the role of being God’s image bearers. The reason, I argue, is that God’s image bearers ought to possess certain properties that are necessary for the expression and fulfillment of the imago Dei. The properties that are necessary for expression and fulfillment are corporeal form and rationality. Thus, given these necessary properties, God’s image bearers couldn’t have been significantly different than they currently are. I further argue that being significantly different would have placed God’s image bearers outside the ideal range of form and rationality that God’s image bearers ought to possess. While other creatures that have evolved fall outside this ideal range, it is humans alone that uniquely possess these necessary properties within the ideal range—which explains why humans are God’s representatives.