Theology and Religious Studies

Question 1

Identify the key points of the Chapter Theology.
Answer: 
Christian theology arises out from the particular community of faith. The theology is pursued from the seminary or universal setting. The theology does not arise from the point of vacuum. It is built on the basis of amorphous religious experiences, on the basis of isolated individuals. According to the chapter, the main points is that work of theology is the inseparably bound in termsof identifiable faith of the community that worships God and engages themselves in the ministriesof education, reconciliation, and liberation (p.2). The chapter discussed over her is the in the primary position presents the doctrine of Trinity and on the other hand represents the doctrine of classical Christian theology , in terms of the contemporary liberation of faith and theology both.
The chapter also discussed the Christological concentration in theology by reclaiming the Trinitarian faith. The chapter also proposed the search of God in the context of a fullness of truth, which is defined as Jesus Christ.(p.6) The theology is also seen as the faith of seeking to understand, by defining numerous variations in terms of rich traditions. Augustine defines it as that Christians have to understand what faith is, by seeking to understand of what they hope for and what they ought to love. On the other hand, Anselm defines that faith seeks understanding and understanding brings joy. By considering the view point of both the theologizes Karl Barth states that theology gas the task of reconsidering the faith and practice of the community, by testing and rethinking in the light of object and foundation with the help of the concept that faith seeks to understand.
The other point that has been raised in the chapter is that how can we quest for deeper understanding of God, and do we know that who is God and what he wants. The answer to this question is proposed by Luther, he states that God is present in the way of money, fame, power, and possession (p.8). And if we believe in God than we have to believe from our heart that really we believe in the presence of God or just believe God in the form of an idol.
Christian faith only believes in searching for God, by maintaining trust and confidence to the free and gracious God, in which they believe and known by the name of Jesus Christ. Theology grew from the dynamism of Christian faith, by searching the pursuit of truth .they also believes in the concept of faith and understanding that we call as theology. Faith is termed as the faith in the living God by acknowledging the incomprehensible depth of the God, which we termed as a mystery. The chapter also focuses on the point of matter of transformation by putting the life for the sake of Christ and his gospel. The story proves as a timely response to the time signs as the crisis is encountered by the world such as precariousness and ambiguity. Some topics are remained incomplete and broken which shows the honesty of the author is commended. This is considering just criticizing the author whereas catholic readers should consider the authors background in order to reconsider the biases towards the Catholicism.

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Question 2

Name one or two points in the chapter that resonated with you and why?
Answer:
The primary position of Trinitarian reflects my central importance on this doctrine not only due to Classical Christian theology but also in termsof the contemporary liberation of faith and theology both. The other point is true faith is differentiated from fideism, as Fideism states that there comes a point when we stop asking questions and faith in believing the ultimate power who is God, as faith always keeps on asking and seeing (p.3) when faith does not make people free from asking hard questions, it will become inhuman and dangerous, as questioning faith leads to superstition, self-indulgence, and idolatry.Faith means understanding passionately and relentlessly. And if the faith ever raises new question than the theological task of the Christian community will prevent us from suppressed or depressed. Human life will only be successful if we found the answers to that questions which will make us feel problematic , as we have the courage to ask the answer to that questions , which we found are linked with our faith.

Question 3

Reflect on why this chapter is placed at the beginning of the book: e.i. how does this chapter attempt to frame what follows.
Answer:
This chapter focuses on the concept of faith and understanding by defining the concept of Christian god Jesus and how it linked with theology. The theology serves the community of faith, by defining the wider purpose of God, for making human life, human in the world. The task of theology explains the faith is utmost’s for bringing trust and confidence. Faith is also necessary for knowing and acknowledges God. If the task of theology will helps in understanding properly the scripture of God. It is placed at the beginning of the book as the chapter includes introduction of Christian theology, understanding of creation, god, consummation, and reconciliation.

References

Migliore, Daniel L. Faith seeking to understand: An introduction to Christian theology. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2014.

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