Science profoundly undermines our traditional self-conception, portraying humans not as categorically different than and superior to the rest of creation, but material things, the contingent product of vastly improbable natural processes. We are superficial features of the universe, not among its basic or necessitated constituents. For some, this threatens the conviction that we are made in God’s Image. However, the author argues that God chose to create us but not to design us. The Christian faith, looking to God’s nature and revealed purposes in creation, finds resources not merely to cope with the scientific erosion of the human self-image, but to integrate it into a richer story of our Creator and his creatures. By embracing our superficiality, we can better avoid the primal temptation to be like gods and instead focus on being God’s, not gods.
Wacome, Donald H.
"Deeper into Superficiality,"
Northwestern Review: Vol. 4
, Article 4.
Available at: https://nwcommons.nwciowa.edu/northwesternreview/vol4/iss1/4