The Person in his Fundamental Relationships (Symbolic Consciousness …
The Person in his Fundamental Relationships
Created in the Image of God
The person "in Christ" is both fallen and redeemed.
God created us in His divine image.
As persons, we truly participate in the very Mystery of God.
By Reason of Redemption
We are called to share in the divine life, through Christ, as adopted children of God.
Christ redeems us by reconciling us with God, with one another, and with all creation.
"Adam" vs "new Adam"
The "new Adam," Christ, restores the "original grace" that was lost through the fall, Adam's sin.
Christ reverses Adam's sins.
By Reason of Creation
Relationship is not something extra added to a person, but only exists as relatedness
Made in God's image, human beings mirror the image and quality of their relationships, in their self-giving.
To be and to love are synonymous.
This is seen in the Trinity as the persons are relational; there is no self in the Trinity, everything is self-surrender.
of being called to participate in truth and love, experienced as an unquenchable thirst and hunger for understanding love.
The human race is created "through the word."
By reason of both creation and redemption each of us is constituted as a person-in-Christ.
Symbols pointing beyond themselves.
Total conversion evidenced in moral transformation.
Narrative revealing mystery (gospel = Christ/love as supreme norm = the eternal rational order at core of creation)
A relational order of opposites.
Mystery, Trinity of relationships.
Sees the concrete and the historical in a deeper manner.It overcomes the rationalistic, and objectivistic tenancies of the rational approaches.
Symbols alone enable us to comprehend Mystery, as the language of Scripture, the Church Fathers, and the great mystics attest.
4) It introduces us into areas of awareness not normally accessible to discursive thought.
1) It gives participatory knowledge, luring us to situate ourselves within the universe of meaning and value, which it opens up to us.
3)It has a powerful influence on commitments and behavior.
2) It involves the knower as person and has a transforming effect.
Historical World View
Concerned only with facts and data.
It provides descriptions more so than definitions.
method, beginning with a particular, and evidently accurate experience, as opposed to starting with universal truths.
We ourselves are part of the historical process.
We cannot obtain whole/absolute truths, only fragments.
We cannot absorb concepts or essences, only data.
The Classicist World View
We can know reality as it exists by mentally abstracting its essence.
Assumes that we can place ourselves outside of history, perceived as standing at an immovable point in the universe.
A transmission of knowledge by means of universal concepts.
method, moving from the universal to the particular.
Adopted by the manualist tradition used in seminary.
"Who am I?" is the fundamental question of human existence.