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  • Claremont 3

    1. 1. What’s missing today is ahigh-quality discourse onrethinking the design andevolution of the entiresystem from scratch. The quality of results produced by any system depends on the quality ofawareness from which the people in the system operate. (Otto Scharmer)
    2. 2. Textletting a new kind of Christian faith come
    3. 3. a new kind ofchristianity:ten questions thatare transforming thefaith
    4. 4. What are the questions?1. The narrative question: What is the shape of thebiblical narrative? Storyline, plotline?2. The authority question: What is the Bible, andwhat is it for? How does it have authority?3. The God question: Is God violent? Why doesGod seem so violent and genocidal in so manybible passages?
    5. 5. 4. The Jesus Question: Who is Jesus, andwhy does he matter?5. The Gospel Question: What is the gospel- a message of evacuation ortransformation? Exclusion or inclusion?
    6. 6. 6. The church question: What do wedo about the church?7. The sex question: Can we dealwith issues of sexuality withoutfighting and dividing?8. The future question: Can we find amore hopeful vision of the future?
    7. 7. 9. The pluralism question: Howshould we relate to people of otherfaiths?10. The next step question: How canwe pursue this quest in humility,love, and peace?
    8. 8. a new kind of christianity
    9. 9. Question 1:What is the shape of thebiblical narrative? (A pre-critical question)
    10. 10. Eden Heaven Fall Salvation History/ The world Hell
    11. 11. Platonic Ideal Platonic Ideal Fall Atonement, purification IntoAristotelian Aristotelian Real Real Hades
    12. 12. Pax Romana Pax Romana Civilization, Rebellion development, into colonialism barbarism Barbarian/ assimilation pagan world Destruction, defeat
    13. 13. Is there analternativeunderstanding?
    14. 14. sdrawkcab gnidaerRick Warren, Billy Graham, Charles Finney, John Wesley (or Calvin), Luther,Aquinas, Augustine, Paul, Jesusreading forwardsAdam, Eve, Sarah, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Mary, Jesus
    15. 15. Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    16. 16. Exodus: Liberation & FormationGenesis: Creation and Reconciliation
    17. 17. Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy Exodus: Liberation & FormationGenesis: Creation and Reconciliation
    18. 18. Ge Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice andn Mercyesis Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    19. 19. HUMAN DESTRUCTION G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e HUMAN VIOLENCE s i s HUMAN EXPLOITATION Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    20. 20. HUMAN DESTRUCTION G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e HUMAN VIOLENCE s i s HUMAN EXPLOITATION Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    21. 21. NOT the Lord’s Prayer: May we come to your kingdom when we die. May we all go to heaven where, unlike earth, your will is done.
    22. 22. Your kingdom come.Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    23. 23. heaven self church worldSelf-enhancement in this life and thenext
    24. 24. heavenworld church self
    25. 25. God’s love, joy, peace, justiceworld church self
    26. 26. Question 2The authority question:How does the Bible have authority?
    27. 27. Constitution? Library?
    28. 28. LEGAL CONSTITUTION COMMUNITY LIBRARY Uniformity Diversity Preserve order Preserve diversity agreement argumentenforcement of conformity encouragement to risk
    29. 29. LEGAL CONSTITUTION COMMUNITY LIBRARY Rules to live by Stories to live by Submission CreativityAnalyze, interpret, argue Enter, inhabit, practice amendments? new acquisitions
    30. 30. Stories in conversation ... David, Goliath, and the Temple Two Arks Pharoah, Hagar, Solomon Joshua, Jesus, and the Canaanites
    31. 31. NOT Inspired Constitution vs. Uninspired Library BUTInspired Constitution vs. Inspired Library
    32. 32. Question 3God and violence
    33. 33. Question 3God and violenceFLATDESCENDINGASCENDING TENT
    34. 34. Derek Flood graphically displays Paul’s edited quotation of Psalm 18:41-49 andDeuteronomy 32:43 in Romans 15:8-10. Notice what Paul picks to retain andwhat he chooses to reject: For I tell you that Christ has become a servantof the Jews on behalf of Gods truth, to confirmthe promises made to the patriarchs so that theGentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it iswritten: “I destroyed my foes. They cried forhelp, but there was no one to save them—to theLORD, but he did not answer…. He is the Godwho avenges me, who puts the Gentiles underme…. Therefore I will praise you among theGentiles; I will sing hymns to your name.” (Ps.18:41–49).
    35. 35. Again, it says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles,with his people, for he will avenge theblood of his servants; he will takevengeance on his enemies and makeatonement for his land andpeople.” (Deut. 32:43)
    36. 36. Flood concludes: “Paul is making a verydifferent point from the original intent of thesePsalms. In fact, he is making the opposite point—we should not cry out for God’s wrath andjudgment [on the other], because we are allsinners in need of mercy.” He concludes, “Thisis not a case of careless out-of-context proof-texting; it is an artful and deliberate reshaping ofthese verses … from their original cry for divineviolence into a confession of universalculpability that highlights our need for mercy.”
    37. 37. QUESTION 4: JESUSwho is he and why is he so important? Atonement theory and “vampire Christians” Jesus: the Word of God
    38. 38. QUESTION 4: JESUSwho is he and why is he so important? IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD (LOGOS), AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD AND THE WORD WAS GOD ... THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US. (JOHN 1)
    39. 39. rene girardinsights and contributions- nonviolent theme in the Bible- a narrative of evolution, emergence- deconstruction of atonement theory- uniqueness and universality of Christ- proper apocalypticism- a sense of what has gone wrong and why- a sense of what is real and good, and why
    40. 40. If love and violence are incompatible, the definition of theLogos must take this into account. The difference betweenthe Greek Logos and the Johannine Logos must be anobvious one, which gets concealed only in the tortuouscomplications of a type of thought that never succeeds inridding itself of its own violence. (270)
    41. 41. Behaving in a truly divine manner, on an earth still in theclutches of violence, means not dominating humans, notoverwhelming them with supernatural power; it means notterrifying and astonishing them in turn, through the sufferingsand blessings on can confer; it means not creating differencebetween doubles and not taking part in their disputes. ‘Godis no respecter of persons.’ He makes no distinctionbetween ‘Greeks and Jews, men and women, etc.’ This canlook like complete indifference and can lead to theconclusion that the all-powerful does not exist, so long as histranscendence keeps him infinitely far from us and ourviolent undertakings. But the same characteristics arerevealed as a heroic and perfect love once thistranscendence becomes incarnate in a human being andwalks among men, to teach them about the true God and todraw them closer to Him. (234)
    42. 42. There is no privileged stance from which absolute truthcan be discovered... That is why the Word that states itselfto be absolutely true never speaks except from theposition of a victim in the process of being expelled....[F]or two thousand years this Word has beenmisunderstood, despite the enormous amount of publicityit has received. (435)
    43. 43. Jesus as the non-violent word of God. God with and for the poor. God who cares for creation.
    44. 44. What are the questions?1. The narrative question: What is the shape of thebiblical narrative? Storyline, plotline?2. The authority question: What is the Bible, andwhat is it for? How does it have authority?3. The God question: Is God violent? Why doesGod seem so violent and genocidal in so manybible passages?
    45. 45. 4. The Jesus Question: Who is Jesus, andwhy does he matter?5. The Gospel Question: What is the gospel- a message of evacuation ortransformation? Exclusion or inclusion? - Reign, kingdom, economy, ecosystem, dance, friendship, network of God.
    46. 46. 6. The church question: What do wedo about the church? - The church as school of Christ- likeness and love, training and deploying of love-peace-justice activists.
    47. 47. 7. The sex question: Can we dealwith issues of sexuality withoutfighting and dividing? - Deeper issue: sexuality to embodiment to humanity to creation
    48. 48. 8. The future question: Can we find amore hopeful vision of the future?- Evacuation plan to incarnation plan, a Participatory Eschatology
    49. 49. 9. The pluralism question: Howshould we relate to people of otherfaiths? - Seeking a strong and benevolent Christian identity
    50. 50. 10. The next step question: How canwe pursue this quest in humility,love, and peace? - Winning a hearing, not winning an argument.
    51. 51. Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    52. 52. Neither revolution nor reformationcan ultimately change a society,rather you must tell a new powerfultale, one so persuasive that it sweepsaway the old myths and becomes thepreferred story …
    53. 53. … one so inclusive that it gathers all thebits of our past and our present into acoherent whole, one that even shinessome light into the future so that we cantake the next step…. If you want tochange a society, then you have to tell analternative story. - attributed to Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    54. 54. Something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born. It is as if something were crumbling, decaying, and exhausting itself, while something else, still indistinct, were arising from the rubble.... We are in a phase when one age is succeeding another, when everything is possible. Vaclav Havel, “The New Measure of Man”
    55. 55. Fr. Vincent Donovan:Do not leave others wherethey are. Do not bring them to where you are, as beautiful as that place might be. Instead, go with them to anew place neither you nor they have ever been before.
    56. 56. Go into all the world and proclaim thegospel (the good, joyful, healing story)to all creation. - Jesus
    57. 57. The Lord’s Prayer1. Our Father above us and all around us …2. May Your unspeakable Name be revered.
    58. 58. 3. Now, here on earth may Your commonwealth come.4. On earth as in heaven may Your will be done.
    59. 59. 5. Give us today our bread for today.4. Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive.
    60. 60. 3. Lead us away from the perilous trial.2. Liberate us from the evil.
    61. 61. 1.For the kingdom is yours and yours alone.2. The power is yours and yours alone.3.The glory is yours and yours alone.4.Now and forever, amen.
    62. 62. 5. Now, here on earth may your commonwealth come.4. Here on earth may your dreams come true.3. Hallelujah2. Hallelujah1. Amen.
    63. 63. Textsomething is trying to be born:envisioning a new kind of Christian faith

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