The latest issue of the online journal produced here at the Centre for Theology and Ministry is now available. This latest edition of Conversations, Vol 4, No. 1, includes a series of studies by Chris Mostert on the atonement. The other articles may go under the broad heading of the interface between Christian faith and society touching on method in theological research, the relation of Christian ethics to societal practices and customs, matters of faith and work, and the use of biblical lament with adolescents. Abstracts, and the links to the .pdfs are below.
Imagining the Atonement
A series of five studies by Chris Mostert on the atonement – how do
we understand it and what does it mean for us today? The studies were
first presented as a series of Lenten Studies for Anglican and Uniting
Church congregations in North Melbourne in 2010.
1. Is Christianity a Redemptive Religion?
2. Is the Cross a Sacrifice?
3. Is the Cross a Victory?
4. Is the Cross our Justification?
5. The Cross as an Act of the Love of God
The Question of Method in Theological Research*
Yule pursues the question of what is an appropriate method within
theological research. While theological research has much to learn form
other academic disciplines in the way it goes about its work, ‘the
importance and the difficulty of the question of how we humans might
have knowledge of God’ must be recognised in this research. In this
context Yule asks ‘how can we approach the university ideal of
knowledge?’ In light of comments on the nature of human knowledge and
research in particular he goes on argue that ‘what we receive as valid
knowledge of God in faith should affect both the content of our
research and the methods that we develop to pursue it.’
God, Football and Christian Ethics*
begins his paper with a question raised at a UCA Presbytery meeting
whether the Presbytery should write a letter to the local Member of
Parliament to protest against plans to play AFL football on Good
Friday. This and similar concerns often ‘raise interesting theological
and political questions that are often not explored in discussions of
these issues. For instance, what is Christian ethics and how does this
apply to those who are not Christian? Is Christian ethics for
allpeople? What is the role of Christian ethics within a secular
society?’ McIntosh does not attempt to give firm answers to these
questions in this paper but, rather, to consider the theological issues
that need clarification before we can develop relevant answers. ‘Often
these prior questions are assumed without recognising their
considerable implications.’ He seeks ‘to clarify what is at stake in
questions like the church protesting against playing football on Good
Psalm 69: The Lament of Adolescence
begins with a close study of Psalm 69 a lament psalm. She compares this
with a study of the complex developmental stage of adolescence. She
concludes that the experiential reality of the adolescent is not
dissimilar to that of the psalmist. ‘This article examines these
similarities and proposes that the study of the Psalms of Lament within
the context of the Religious Education classroom has the potential to
be a positive and fruitful experience. Under the guidance of the
facilitator, a close and sensitive examination of these psalms can
assist in the social, emotional and spiritual growth of the student.
This article also provides a variety of pedagogical strategies for the
implementation of The Psalms as a valuable teaching tool within the
Year Nine Religious Education Curriculum in the context of the Catholic
School.’ While speaking from a Catholic context Cricenti provides
valuable guidance for those who work with adolescents in other contexts.