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