Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books and professor at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, relational theology, science and religion, Wesleyan/Holiness/Church of the Nazarene thought and Evangelical theology.

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Are Animals Made in God’s Image?

September 10, 2015

I’ve been asked to write a chapter in a book exploring what it means to be made in God’s image. The invitation provided me the opportunity to think more deeply than I have about whether we should say nonhuman animals can express the image of God (imago dei). I’m grateful to Michael Burdett, a postdoctoral […]

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This complimentary essay is available for download in the hope that it fosters deeper reflection, discussion, and development in wisdom and love.

Oord Introductory Essay (including survey results) for Nazarenes Exploring Evolution (Click Here)


Oord’s lectures and publications explore the most perplexing issues of today. As a Christian theologian and philosopher, for instance, his analysis of love adds both clarity to the subject and challenges audiences to live lives of love more consistently.

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