As It Is Written . . .
Let Us Make Man
by Patrick Henry Reardon
Let Us make man in Our Image, suggested He-Who-Is. We are under no constraint to do so, obviously, but We will do it anyway. So it will be an unselfish exercise in freedom. The entire enterprise will be rather pointless, moreover, unless We give man the capacity for freedom. We will make man's attainment of freedom, then, the object of Our act.
Let Us admit We run something of a risk here. Man, not knowing all things, may be tempted to confuse his capacity for freedom with freedom itself. Confused on the point, he may start to imagine that . . .
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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).
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