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The name of the College “Imago Dei,” translated from Latin as Image of God, captures what we are all about: first, the reference to God as the Creator and Sustainer of life; second, the reference to man as the special and unique recipient of God’s creative genius; and third, the God-Man, the true image of the invisible God, Jesus Christ, who stands in the gap between the two aforementioned entities.

The hand from the top of the crest represents the source of knowledge as unmistakably found in and from God. The hand, visibly not bound within the circumference of the crest, bespeaks of the metaphysical position of God outside our time and space, but who still involves himself therein for humanity’s sake. The book delivered is superlatively the Bible, the Written Word, the infallible and inerrant source of literary revelation. There is likewise an implication of the Living Word in that the position of the book is bridging the gap between God and man. Yet at the same time, the book is also a more generic representation of literary knowledge passed on through the ages. Therefore, comprehensively it represents the book of God’s words and the book of his works. The hand at the bottom of the crest is that of man, who receives revelatory—both sacred and natural—knowledge from God through literary works. The exchange is consciously reminiscent of Michelangelo’s Creation of Man.

The Latin motto "Qui Legit Intellegat" comes from the Gospel of Mark (13.14; cf. Mt. 24.15), and translates as “let the reader understand,” which captures our firm pedagogical position and philosophy.

The belt that encompasses the crest is standard for medieval crests and properly represents our retreat to an educational system we consider paradigmatic. The classic Celtic Trinitarian symbol as the belt’s tip further emphasizes a theological truth. The MMX on the buckle indicates our inaugural year 2010 of teaching and training the future leaders in the Kingdom of God. 


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