Humans are distinct from animals…

having been made in God’s image, humans are markedly distinct from animals. As we’ve briefly noted, animals do have souls that animate and direct their bodies; in Genesis 1:24, 2:19, and elsewhere, animals are also called living creatures/beings (nephesh); still, their soulish capacities are diminished where it really counts: they don’t have intrinsic dignity, the capacity to relate to God, to make free choices (they simply act according to instinct and environment), to be morally responsible agents, to think self-consciously (thinking about their own thinking), to pursue truth rather than just survive.

Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 2512

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