Imago Dei and Limited Creature: High and Low Views of Human Beings in Christianity and Cognitive Psychology

Matthew P. Phelps


Matthew P. Phelps proposes that a high-low duality in human memory—reliable and efficient as well as error-prone and limited—mirrors and reinforces a high-low view of human beings found in Scripture and theology. Furthermore, drawing upon theologies that affirm human creatureliness and scholarship on the humanity of Christ, he argues that cognitive limitations are good aspects of God’s creation rather than instances of natural or moral evil. Proper acknowledgement of one’s cognitive limitations may help one to avoid the sin of pride and to adopt a posture of epistemic humility before God and others. Mr. Phelps is Associate Professor of Psychology at Malone College in Canton, Ohio.


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