Discussion Week #6

Reading Assignment – Week 6

Reading Assignment – Week 6

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READING ASSIGNMENTS in Textbook Foundations of Theological Study

“Preaching The Gospel: St. Paul & The Beginnings of Christian Theology” by Karl Barth pp 104-111
“Revelation And Its Transmission” The Second Vatican Council pp 100-104
“The Evolution of Doctrine” by John Henry Newman pp 214-218
“The Mystery of the Church” Second Vatican Council pp 218-230

READING ASSIGNMENTS in Bible

Acts of the Apostles, Chapters 2-3 and Chapters 8-9 Paul’s Persecution and Conversion.

READING ASSIGNMENTS – Supplemental Papers (Posted on Blackboard)

Supplemental paper #11 posted on Blackboard – “The Great Schism” from New World The Great Schism.doc The Great Schism.doc – Alternative Formats

Supplemental paper #12 posted on Blackboard – “Luther & The Protestant Reformation” Luther and the Protestant Reformation .doc Luther and the Protestant Reformation .doc – Alternative Formats

 

 

 

 

You will post your 3-4 paragraph response (minimum of 300-350 words per post) to at least 3 of the questions listed below. Please create a new “section” for each question you complete. Label the section with the Question #. Please include some direct reference to the assigned readings, including direct quotes and page numbers. Connection to your personal experience should also be included.

 

1. St. Paul’s letters were composed to early Christian churches he had established before the Gospels were written (Mark was the first Gospel written 65-75 CE). Karl Barth identifies threads of Paul’s Christian theology in his letters. Identify and describe at least 3 of the ideas Paul wrote about and comment if they are valuable in your Christian faith, or in your life.

 

2. As we learned last week, the first 2 chapters of the Acts of the Apostles are filled with powerful images: the ascension of Jesus to God the Father, the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples in Jerusalem, and the baptism of 3,000 believers on Pentecost. We now focus our attention on the formation of the Christian community in Jerusalem and throughout the world. Acts 2:42-47 presents the pattern of life of the new Christians. They truly lived out the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Describe how the early Christians behaved toward one another as they lived in community with one another. Could such a pattern be of value in our modern world? Why or why not.

 

3. This week we again touch on the subject of the Revelation of God through the Church. In this week’s reading on the transmission of Revelation, the focus is on how the words and deeds of God have formed the Israelites in the Old Testament and continue to form us in this millennium. Define natural revelation, general revelation, and special revelation. Include 2-3 other aspects of God’s revelation that exist in the article. Have you experienced God’s revelation in your life? Do you believe God’s revelation is ongoing throughout history?

 

4. In reading about the “mystery” of the Church, you learned that “The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church” was one of the most significant documents generated by the Second Vatican Council in the 1960’s. In the article what images and metaphors are used to describe the Church? What does the document say about the relationship of the Catholic Church to God’s kingdom? And what is the relation between the Catholic Church and other Christian churches?

 

5. After reading the Supplemental article on “The Great Schism,” please list (in simple terms) two reasons why this schism occurred. What is your opinion of this momentous division? Does this schism still exist today?

 

6. The Protestant Reformation began when Martin Luther tacked his 95 statements up on the door of his Church in Germany. After reading the supplemental paper, identify 2-3 aspects of the turmoil that followed Luther’s action. You may comment on the causes, the abuses in the Catholic church at the time, the long-term result of the separation of the German church from Rome, etc. Does this division of the Catholics and Lutherans still exist today? Has there been any progress made in healing the differences? What do you think could be done to encourage more connection?

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