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APU ministry class

Theological reflection is An Ongoing Conversation with: Your Past – What/Who influenced YOUR beliefs? Your Present – are you growing NOW? Your Future – headed where?
Theological reflection allows for An appreciation of diversity of viewpoints Healthy debate Creative tension A place for Doubts and Questions
According to st Augustine, theological reflection is faith seeking understanding:
123 of Augustine theological reflection Embraces the totality of the EXPERIENCES of the religious/spiritual life Formal statements of beliefs and practices of Christianity and other religions and societies Faith Integration – Faith lived out in daily life
Belief is intelectual assent
Belief needs a balance between orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right practice)
Embedded theology: 1st order includes: stories, language of faith, foundation of faith, practices
prevenient grace that which lays the foundation, according to methodists
Christian practices that embed theology stained glass windows, praying at dinner, heearing about baptism and communion, grandparents
Embedded theology consists of memories, beliefs, feelings, values and hopes
The statement-"My faith means to me" can convey embedded theology -feeling not facts
strong moral reactions to tv news or presidential campaign speeches reflect our embedded theologies
Deliberative theology An ESSENTIAL process of careful, thoughtful reflection “Second order” theology Questions what was once accepted or taken for granted Questions the spiritual “authorities” in one’s life Parents
Questions the spiritual “authorities” in one’s life Parents Religious leaders or Clergy Professors
The place of doubt/question in the proces of developing faith it (3 things) Creates tension within one’s self & between authorities in one’s life Prepares the way for spiritual maturity Recognizes and accepts ambiguity
to grow in faith is to deepen, extend and perhaps revise our understanding
The Wesleyan Quadrilateral scripture, tradition, reason, experience
Don Thorsen's view The Wesleyan Quadrilateral affirms the PRIMACY of Scriptural authority along with the genuine – albeit SECONDARY – religious authority of Tradition, Reason and Experience.
3pt objective of John Wesley 1. blend “heart- religion” 2. “holistic” understanding (beyond theologian capacities 3. recognized how 3 did not conflict 1 (of quadrilateral)
Four authorities for evaluating truth scripture, tradition, experience, reason
Order of events tradition, scripture, reason, expereince
To hold in the tension between mind and the heart he recognized the experiential aspect
Scripture was inspired by God through people, it is the primary source of truth but not the only
Theo – pneustos God - breathed
Scripture is The Starting Point of evaluating truth 2. The foundation by which RTE evaluated 3. Christian Assumptions: Scriptures are … -God’s Revealed Truth -Fundamental Guide in all matters of life and faith-subject to Evaluation and Assessment (Critical Thinkin
Wesley's methodology: tradition 1. Wanted to conform to what had been passed down 2. Honored appolistic teaching 3. emphasis on experience reflected an attempt to affirm what had always been assumed as part of vital Christian living
Tradition what is the core basic core tenets of the person and work of Jesus Christ become the cornerstone of Christian tradition.
Created by: ok2bpure



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