Humans, as Christians understand it, are made “in the image of God.” In my earlier exploration of this idea, I suggested that what it implied was an ability shared with God to take responsibility. God accepts responsibility for his creation, which he is bringing into being by identifying himself with it through his gracious presence in Christ. The creation can assume everything that is of the Divine without compromise of either the nature of God or the nature of creation. For this reason, Christ is called both human and divine. Since he is made “in God’s image,” humans are able to accept responsibility for themselves and for their behavior and to give themselves wholly to the wellbeing of other persons without compromising their own senses of self. Indeed, by so doing, they grow in self-knowledge and in both ability and willingness to serve others. The trouble is that as humans, we do not believe it and are inclined to evade or sidestep our responsibilities, hence the essential need to confess and be absolved. The professional cannot, does not, cease to be a person when acting as a professional; indeed, doing what the professional does reveals the person he or she is, his or her character, and as Wittgenstein says, his or her soul.

Above all, therefore, we must conclude that in order to be good professionals, attention must first be given to us, our education to become virtuous persons of good character who know how to become response-able and responsible people. In my concluding chapter, I draw my argument together and look to the way forward.

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