1) three questions - format
2) Thesis Statement - ???
3) How do we know? Truth is subjective.
What one person perceives as reality might not be the perceived reality
of another person. One may evaluate truth in three ways - either
through ability, point of view, or will.
a) people may have a view of reality based upon (limited or enhanced? All determined by a point of view/opinion) physical abilities. What one person's ability might be another person's disability.
b) point of view/place of being - vantage point. Our views are subjective/limited due to our own particular vantage point to perceive a given thing. Story of three blindfolded people and an elephant.
c) Will - "choosing" to accept or deny a truth - a choice based on preconceived ideas (paradigms) and willingness to experience or encounter a differing point of view. Example of Will and perceiving truth - ignoring something - like the Shoah, or like busines person not seeing a homeless person on the street)
4) So with religious truth, how can we tell
if one truth is valid over another? Or how can we judge a religious
truth to be valid? We can use Scripture, Experience, Tradition, and
Reason as guidelines for Truth.
a) explanation of quadrilateral (give caution on quadrilateral in footnote)
b) explanation/claiming of how I use Scripture.
5) difference between truth and myth
I. What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
A. God as Relational
1. Trinity - perichoretic mutuality as foundation/model of authentic relationality
2. God in relationship presupposes a need for an "other" - hence Creation as a
Divine act of will for relationship.
(This could mean that God might not be God without Creation or apart from Creation. God needed to Create in order to Be. Without an "other" there would be no "God". Creation is the medium in which God can experience God's self - the Emmanuel is God in Creation relating to God - hence scripture references to Jesus praying/interacting/communing with God. Without Creation - there would be no platform/medium for the Emmanuel. Look up Augustine - ON THE TRINITY BOOK 9 about God in Love reached out to know God's self.)
B. Love - that which brings the separated back together - the drive/force/will for reunion
1. Love as genuine and authentic (look in Tillich, Love-Power-Justice [LPJ]) as concerned for other.
2. True "being" occurs in relationship
a) the "I - Thou" relationship and the need for justice
b) when we relate to others as a "thou" - i.e. no objectification, we are authentic to ourselves. We respect the other's right to be (LPJ)
c) any injustice to an "other" is really injustice to ourselves. Hence - need for justice in love
C. We as image means we are meant for relationship
1. View in Scripture about how Jesus & Paul call people into community.
2. Saying in Matthew - I am with you always; where two or more are gathered, there I am.
3. Relationality also implies relationship with kosmos, not just "beings
a) we are all part of the kosmos - we fit/depend/interact with the rest of Creation.
c) Therefore - injustice towards Creation is injustice towards God and ourselves
II. What does it mean to be that image in this place?
A. Kosmos/Creation as Fallen
1. Reality of Sin/Evil (define sin/evil)
a) as rebellion against God
b) as a result of hubris/will (Tillich - Systematic Vol. 2?)
c) as a result of trying to replace God with ourselves (Niebuhr)
B. "The Fall"
1. Command in Narrative of Gen. is/was not a prohibition but a "not yet" (see Irenaeus - we as created beings were not yet ready for the fruit)
2. Original Sin
a) as myth - prototype (cf. Paul - Adam was a prototype, death of Adam was a type of death. Death of Jesus as reversal. Jesus as a prototype for new Adam)
b) as Corporate Sin (therefore - even Jesus participated in Corporate Sin - so was Jesus truly "sinless"?)
C. The Powers and Principalities
1. What does it mean that the powers and principalities are fallen?
2. Ironic Scripture in Romans - obey the powers - what was Paul thinking?
a) talk about need to resist evil
b) talk about authentic existence as standing against the powers
D. Atonement - what it means, how it
1. Note - why is it not fully here - Jewish critique - if Jesus is messiah, why Shoah
2. Scripture - Atonement has to do with Covenant - God becomes one of us.
Note on Atonement and God being one of us - the principle of Solidarity - from Soelle (book - Suffering or Thinking About God)
E. Participation in what God is doing
a) Baptism and Eucharist - and their mutual relationship with each other
Baptism = dying in Christ - submerged in the waters of chaos -
Historically - this was a sign/participation or a demonstration of complete trust/faith in God- to be submerged into the waters of chaos - to be buried in the chaos to our sin, only to emerge as a new being - hence the scripture in MT from God "This is my son" after Jesus emerges.
Eucharist - rising - overcoming brokenness - the bread is broken- this is my body which is broken for you - we participate in the broken body of Christ - only to become whole in relationship and relationality.
3. Life as worship - Christian life demands participation (cf Galatians/Dunn book)
Special Note: from Credo Workshop - what is my theology of Preaching? What is my Theology of Worship? What is the Church doing when we worship? What is God doing? What am I doing?
III. What will it mean to be fulfilled/completed/perfected as God's image?