Monday, December 10, 2007

Living Spirituality Study Guide - Chapter 12

Christian spirituality is both overwhelmingly communal and intensely personal. As you read slowly and carefully through this book, we encourage you to think deeply about the questions and ideas presented. Following are some questions for discussion in a group, personal reflection, or both.

Chapter 12 – Knowledge

*  What do you think of the statement that “to demand one hundred percent knowledge is a violation of the creator/creature relationship and is therefore a sin?” (p. 123) Or the opposite view that embraces total ambiguity? Have you ever thought about knowledge claims in moral terms? Do you think it is appropriate? What are the competing claims about knowledge in your context?

*  How would you describe sufficient knowledge? What are some of the criteria that would need to met for you to feel comfortable making a knowledge claim? What external forces inform you?

*  We often focus on the “see through a glass darkly” in 1 Corinthians 13:12, but have you ever thought about what it will be like when we see “face to face”? Remembering the theological perspectives of relation/distinction and continuity/discontinuity, what do you think this means for our future knowledge?


Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: Enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth, they may worship you and serve you from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

--The Book of Common Prayer


Suggested Map Reading:

1 Corinthians 13

Suggestions for Further Study:

Total Truth, N. Pearcey

A Primer on Postmodernism, S. Grenz

Truth is Stranger Than it Used to Be, J. Richard Middleton & B. Walsh

Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? J. K.A. Smith