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2008-04-16_notes - Christology XTIANTHE 200 Brian Bantum...

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Christology – XTIANTHE 200 Brian Bantum April 16, 2008 Loffink’s approach to ethics… vs. Bonhoeffer’s approach (Eric’s question) Lofink’s keeping the NT involved in our ethical discernment. Ethical abstraction being a distraction from Jesus.  Need a straight download from Jesus.  Can’t  be guided by Jesus’s teaching…..?  Probably an oversimplication Lofink:  Represents the way that ethics tends to be perceived:  Derives from a specific  community, and the specific practices that they engage in.  if we look at the kind of life that Jesus  lived within his community, then this gives a specific vision of how we should engage in life. Bonhoeffer, how we should engage in life.  Jesus is the ground from which one understands  everything.  You can’t even understand your community without going to Christ first. Two implications:  1:  Lohfink:  Foster a specific community, sometimes to the exclusion to the  questions of the world.  Sometimes people accuse Hauerwas of this:  An isolated community that  thinks of itself as distinct of the world in order to transform the world. The thing that the Church is distinct form the world goes towards that Jesus is distinct from the  world. Bonhoeffer: All reality IS Christ.  How do we engage then?  Just get Church right and that will  engage the world?  Or somehow engage the world? What does the Church look like (according to Carter) It looks like Israel, and the body of Christ  A politics that transcend our identity. The sacrements, the community.  The sacrements are the practices. It looks like “King’s Park”.  A minister who is Jewish.   King’s Park is a large church here is Durham.  A body of people who consistently try to defy  classification. Page 1 of 6
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Bilingual services.  Reconciliation United Methodist Church:  All services are simultaneously  translated. In order to be there for a long time, you’re going to have to start learning how to do the  translation. Reconciliation happens over generations – as children grow up in the reality of what their parents  are trying. Multiplicity:  locations, languages, receive difference as Jesus, always at the same time. There is a kind of continuity and discontinuity being bound up together. The idea of conformation and being transformed into something.  These things come through the  spirit, and they come through the neighbor.
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