Personal reflection paper on liberation and truth.
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Faith Journey: Liberation and Truth in Light of Interfaith Dialogue
In this paper, the theological journey of my journey to religious education will be discussed along the double track road of discernment: liberation and truth. First, I will lay out the theology of education gleaned from course readings as they corroborate with my persona inward journey of faith. Second, I will expand on Boys's pedagical model of making distinctions between the thin and thick theology. Thirdly, contrasting themes of my Christian faith will be deconstructed as I seek to be transformed by own vocation to listen and to deeply affect students.
Discernment: Liberation and Truth
The psalmist declares that God has heard the cries of his people and “set them free” by his right hand and arm (Psalm 44:1-3). In the Gospel of John, Christ tells the Jews that believed in his message that “truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). The Jews respond that they have never been enslaved to anyone, but Christ reminds them that there is a difference between spiritual and physical slavery. By abiding in Christ’s word comes a certain quality of liberation that supersedes the slavery beset by man against man. Faith journey often toggles the experience of spiritual slavery versus oppression, and it is in this way that faith journeys are often experienced. As Wimberly reminds us “God as the liberator of human wholeness is discerned and experienced” (Wimberly 1986 118). As Christians, the faith heritage that has been passed down to us, both by the canon of Old Testament prophets and truth-sayers is transformed by Christ’s salvation message....
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