A Functionalist Account of Human Uniqueness

Faith and Philosophy 35 (3):326-344 (2018)
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Abstract

I challenge the assumption that human uniqueness, of the sort motivated by the doctrine of the imago Dei, is incompatible with contemporary views in evolutionary biology. I first develop the functionalist account of the image of God and then argue that image bearing is a contingently imposed function. Humans, chosen by God to bear his image, are unique in that they alone possess an ideal range of image bearing capacities. This ideal range, in the end, makes humans well-suited for the role of image bearing.

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Anthony Bolos
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