1-7 Imago Dei

This emerged over last weekend, and I resist the impulse to comment or clarify. It does summarize my world view and elements I have developed over many years.

Imago Dei

Pareidolia: the tendency to perceive a specific, often [a] meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern, e.g. Rorschach inkblot tests [the man in the moon.]

“…the gods of the Ethiopians were inevitably black with flat noses while those of the Thracians were blond with blue eyes.”

From our projection booths
we project shadowy images
on the universal screen “God”
as we superimpose
luminous features on Him
(her, it) in our own likeness
and project our shadows on “them” . . .

but in our era God
has more shades and shadows
than light. Syncretism rotates kaleidoscope
tubes into polychromatic views—
literalists see God
colored black and white—
atheists see funerals through prisms—
many see their godly shadows
flickering on cave walls

and all see through glass, darkly*

until we peek into an eternal lens back
to a seer who writes to his drifting workers
living in an ancient Greek city
and in a few strokes of a reed pen
reveals Who to see through glass, clearly:

He is the image of the invisible God.**

*1 Cor 13:12, **Col 1:15


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