It sounds extremely odd to our ears, but God’s intention all along was that the world be full of idols—full of images. More exactly, the world was meant to be full of representatives of its Maker. And the only adequate representatives of the Creator are the image bearers, not lifeless images, since only persons can adequately reflect the image of a relational, personal Creator.
Andy Crouch, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power
Watch Module 3: Imago Dei