Monday, June 6, 2016

I. Introduction

LECTURE 1: Introduction (outline)

Reflection Questions*
1.   What does your personal portrait of Jesus Christ look like?
2.   Which Scripture passages, scenes, or stories speak to you most vividly about the person and saving work of Christ?
3.   Which titles, names, or phrases do you use to refer to Christ?
4.   Who are the people who have taught you about Jesus Christ? What did you learn from them?
5. Which starting point for doing Christology do I prefer? And why?**

On a pad paper or bond paper, write (not with computer but hand-written!) your thoughts about these questions. Write legibly, please.

**For Question no. 5, read Rausch, pp. 1-8.

*Submission date: June 15, 2016 (Wed. class period).

Issues discussed on 6/8/16) and to be familiarized with:
  • The significance of the Dual Question of Jesus in Caesarea Philippi
  • Road Map for Doing Christology
  • Working Definition of Christology
  • The "scandal of particularity"
  • The meaning of "systematic"
  • The two dimensions of Christology: the Person and Saving Work of Jesus Christ
  • Jesus Christ as the Object and Foundation of the Christian Faith
  • The Sources for the study of Christology
  • Theologians in the Bibliography
Helpful Readings on the Starting Point of Christology:
  • Karl Rahner, "The Two Basic Types of Christology," Theological Investigations 13 (New York: Seabury Press, 1975), 213-23.*
  • Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, "How to Do Christology," in Christ and Reconciliation, A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2013), 37-51*
*A copy the two essays above is placed in the FileBox in the Arnoldus Libray

Assignment for June 22 (submission time is the class period).
A hand-written reflection of one to two pages on Jürgen Moltmann, "The Therapeutic Relevance of Christology," in The Way of Jesus Christ: Christology in Messianic Dimensions (New York: HarperCollins, 1990), 43-46. [Moltmann's book is placed on reserve]

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Fr. Randy teaches theology & biblical courses and Biblical Hebrew at the Divine Word Seminary, school of theology, Tagaytay City. He holds a doctorate from the Ateneo de Manila University (Ph.D., 2015) and from the Loyola School of Theology (S.T.D., 2014). He finished his licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL, 1999) at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He is a visiting professor for the School of Christian Studies at the University of St. Joseph in Macau, China. He served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP); as chairperson of the Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA) and was Dean of Studies (Divine Word Seminary). He is also co-editor for the Diwa: Studies in Philosophy and Theology; founder of the Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) at the Divine Word Seminary; founder and site coordinator of the SVD Tagaytay Alternative Learning System (SVD-ALS), an educational program for the out-of-school youth.