Theory and Practice of Theological Reflection

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					Theological Reflection involves a focused
conversation that engages, personally and
      communally, three elements:

           TRADITION



                         CULTURE/
EXPERIENCE
                         CONTEXT
           TRADITION
Memories         Scripture         Psychology
Charisms         Creeds            Anthropology
Family           Councils          Sociology
       history   Liturgy           Arts
Education        Piety             Philosophy
Relationships    Stories           Movies
Social           Ecumenism         Advertising
Location         History           Media
Travel           Canon law         Politics
Work             Lives of saints   Language
Health           Religious         Customs
Heritage               orders      Poetry
Ethnicity        Mystics           Literature
Geography        Magisterium       Cyber
 Theological Reflection serves
     ―both to interpret life’s
  experiences in light of God’s
    purposes in Jesus, and to
 understand the Christian story
 about God in the light of what
we are experiencing day to day‖
       (Gula, Ethics in Pastoral Ministry, 54)
      ―Receiving the power of our
Christian Heritage, so we can live. .
 . .Unless adult Christians engage in
   critical and conscious theological
         reflection, the Christian
    community’s faithfulness to the
  gospel and its authentic witness to
that gospel in the world diminishes‖
(Killen and deBeer, The Art of Theological Reflection, vii-viii)
Theological Reflection seeks
    to allow the reality of
theology to come through its
    distinct form, namely,
 experience correlated with
   tradition for the sake of
  praxis‖(Kinast, WATSA Theological Reflection, 2-3)
         ―Faith seeking
       understanding‖         St. Anselm



―The discipline that interprets
all reality—human existence,
society, history, the world and
God—in terms of the symbols
of the Christian faith‖ (Haight, Dynamics,
216)
     EXPERIENCE IS
  INCARNATIONAL AND
      REVELATORY

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION
 FACILITATES ENCOUNTER
  WITH THE LIVING GOD
 FOR THE SAKE OF PRAXIS
FOR THE SAKE OF PRAXIS:
 Theological Reflection as
    Practical Theology
        Practices are
        theory-laden
 See Don Browning, Fundamental Practical Theology.
  Theory-laden practice
• Vision
• Obligations
• Tendencies/human needs
• Environment: social, cultural
    economic
• Rules/roles
 FOR THE SAKE OF PRAXIS:
Begin with a ―thick description‖ of
 a practice
Discern a ―thick question‖ to put
 into conversation with the
 Christian Tradition
Outcome: practical wisdom, new
 theory-laden practice
FOR THE SAKE OF PRAXIS:
Theological Reflection as Practical Theology
        Practices are theory-laden
• Vision           Begin with a ―thick
• Obligations       description‖ of a practice
                   Discern a ―thick question‖
• Tendencies/human
                    to put into conversation
     needs          with the Christian
• Environment:      Tradition
  social, cultural Outcome: practical wisdom,
  economic          new theory-laden practice
• Rules/roles
ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING GOD:
     Theology as Interpretation
  What happens:
 • Presuppositions/ 1st Naiveté

 • Critical Inquiry/ distanciation
   AESTHETIC SURRENDER
 • Appropriation/ 2nd Naiveté
ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING GOD:
     Theology as Interpretation
 How it happens:

 •Attending
 •Asserting
  –conflict as a crucible
 •Acting   (See Evelyn and James Whitehead, Method in Ministry)
 EXPERIENCE IS REVELATORY
• Accessing our experience is critical
• When we ―enter reality‖ we are entering
     divine mystery
• In the interpretive conversation we will
  meet God and ourselves and the other
• Outcomes: Identity, Authority,
  Responsibility = renewed practice

				
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