Theology – Discussion

I need an explanation for this Philosophy question to help me study.

You have to read and understand the discussion Topic below, then, write you’re a response to the questions giving under the discussion topic.

Instructions & Requirements:

Please note that this work contains 2 parts:

  • For part one,
    • Be sure to response to the topic questions in less than 12 hours in atleast 2 paragraphs (4-6 sentences each paragraph)
  • Then for Part two,
    • Then, after 1-2 days, I will share with you the question of the instructor If he responds to the posting, and you will need to respond to the instructor question in less than 12 hours from sharing his question with you. Full credit will be given for those who provide a thorough response to the question I pose (if any).
  • Plagiarism is not acceptable in any form and a score of zero will be given on the paper, as the paper will be checked by Turnitin Website for plagiarism.
  • Do not just repeat words and text from the reading materials provided or the online lecture
  • Use your own words and add value/information beyond the reading materials.
  • Copying from sites like Wikipedia or other internet sites will result in a score of zero as you only allow to use the reading materials provided . Also, note that the work will be checked by Turnitin website for plagiarism.

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Week #01 Discussion Topic

Each student is required to respond to the question(s) posted for the week BEFORE the deadline To receive full credit for this part of the assignment, your posting must be at least two paragraphs in length (4-6 sentences per paragraph), cited with references from the Online Lecture and Reading Material only.

If I respond to your postings, you will have until the end of the week to respond to what I have asked you to do. Full credit will be given for those who provide a thorough response to the question I pose (if any).

Postings MUST be based exclusively on the reading materials provided in this course and NOT from other outside sources. Please refer to the Syllabus concerning rules against Plagiarism.

Reading Materials:

1. Sunday Scripture Readings at Mass. You can buy a missallette at the bookstore or you can look up each week’s readings at the website of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB. Their website is http://www.usccb.org/nab

2. The Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible.
3. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB. The

Catechism of the Catholic Church (English Translation. Washington, D.C.: The United States Catholic Conference, Inc., 1994.

4. Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation (Third Edition). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2012.

5. Plus the online Lecture (see the attached file named online Lecture)


Here is this Week’s Discussion Topic:

“Bible reading is for Catholics. The Church encourages Catholics to make reading the Bible part of their daily prayer lives. Reading these inspired words, people grow deeper in their relationship with God and come to understand their place in the community God has called them to in himself.” – Mary Elizabeth Sperry

Based on Sperry’s “Understanding the Bible” (found in the Online Lecture), tell us about your experiences in reading the bible. In your answers, please include the following:

  • What is your faith tradition?
  • How often do you read the bible (if at all)?
  • Name one or two things about this week’s readings (both from Shea and the Online Lecture) that challenged your approach of reading the bible.
  • Please share in your answer one bible story which relates to you the most.

Please Note: Your responses should be based primarily on the content offered in the Online Lectures and the Reading Material.

VIP:

  • KINDLY NOTE THAT I am Muslim and I just taking this course because it’s required to complete my degree plan at my school.

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For your reference and to get a clear picture about what you should to write. Below are some students’ responses

Camilla,

When asked to describe my faith tradition, I would describe it as one where I do not practice as much as I should be. I was raised Catholic from an early age and received the sacraments of baptism, communion, and confirmation. However, I proclaim to be nonpracticing as the past few years of my life I have failed to attend church, take in the body of Christ, go to confession, etc. I also do not read the bible. Last semester I did a handful of readings from the bible but other than that I probably haven’t read the bible on my own since childhood. One point from the lecture which challenged my approach of reading the bible was when the statement claimed that reading the bible is not enough. Reading the words and not putting an action on the message which is being conveyed is simply not enough. I feel as if I display this mentality when it comes to the bible. I simply take scripture and read it, I never do more with it. One bible story which relates to me the most happens to be the temptation story. The serpent had twisted God’s words which in turn tempted Adam and Eve to eat the apple. I relate to this bible story a lot because I find myself being tempted easily into things I know are not good for me. Despite knowing it is not a good idea, I still carry out the action similarly to what Adam and Eve did.

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Leon,

I don’t have a faith tradition. I was baptized, however, my mother and my family we left the church early in my life. We were lutherans. However, we never really believed in god in a constitutional way that requires a faith group. The intention of my mother to have us in younger age in the church was to give us the option if we choose so. We also visited mosques and temples to gain the knowledge of other believes. I did not follow any constitutional religion. Therefore, i haven’t read the bible in many years.

An important part of the online lecture for me was when it was said that the importance of a story is its message and sometimes it can be exaggerated to bring the message across. So do the bible as the message of the stories are important and therefore they don’t have to be believed word for word or lived by, as some story are exaggerated for the message.

That the Old Testament looks towards the New and the New testament fulfills the Old Testament is something i haven’t learned yet or that i thought of in the past when i did read the bible many years ago

I wish i could tell a bible story that would relate to me however i can’t. I barely remember any stories in the bible and if i would know one i couldn’t even tell where in the bible.

Citation:

Fr. Jankowski, P. (2019, August 01). Theo 210 Week #1 (Introduction). Retrieved from https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/75ff8506-0cfd-4aa1-a79c-d1ce2133fcd1 (Links to an external site.)
pages: 17 & 105

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Dana,

I was brought up in a Catholic tradition. I was baptized, made my first Holy Communion in 3rd grade, and then was confirmed in 8th grade. As I grew older, I stopped practicing my faith. My family stopped going to church evey Sunday, but I have not stopped believing. I still believe what I was taught and live by it. I do not read the Bible much at all. I only open it when I need to for example theology classes or in church.

One thing from this week’s online lecture that challenge my approach of reading the Bible would be that it is described as a story and not history because is uses a different set of tools. While the Bible is told as a story, it is about what happened, and what shaped religion. It is part of history. Another big thing in general that is challenging for me is that, although I am Catholic, I still am not very familiar with the Bible and do not believe everything in the Catholic faith. It is had for me to make a spiritual connection like mentioned in the online lecture because I am not that active in my faith anymore. With that being said, I am being honest, I do not have a Bible story that relates to my life or have a connection to. I hardly read the bible, and when I had a project for Intro to Theology, I struggled to make connections with the stories.

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Jessica,

As far as my faith tradition goes, I am a non-practicing Catholic. I do not read the bible at all and I only attend church, if at all, on Christmas and Easter day. I was baptized, made my communion, and made my confirmation which is why I say I am a non-practicing Catholic. It is no excuse, but as I have grown older other events and responsibilities have occupied my time. This is the reason for the lack of practicing my faith. I do, however, feel I do not need to attend church regularly in order to be a member of my religion.

Since I do not read the bible I have decided to satisfy the requirement, “Name one or two things about this week’s readings (both from Shea and the Online Lecture) that challenged your approach of reading the bible” by approaching it the way of why I have not taken the initiative to read the bible in years. I choose what I want to believe and what I do not. I feel I do not need to read the bible to constantly justify my beliefs. I feel that Luke 10:25-37, The Parable of the Good Samaritan, relates to my life because I live by helping others in need and being a genuine person to all.

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Alexander,

My faith tradition is Roman Catholic, born and raised as such, regularly attending Daily Mass and doing other Catholic devotionals on a regular basis (it is important to note that I didn’t actually become religious until my first semester of college). I say grace before meals, and pray on a regular basis. I read the Daily Readings from the Bible (sometimes as a lector at Mass), and I try to read longer sections, as well. I don’t have any regular schedule of when I read from the Bible, I just try to do it when the opportunity arises, or when I feel particularly compelled to create the opportunity. As Slide 41 discusses Christianity coming into the surrounding world, so too I try to make my faith expand into the rest of my life.

One thing I found challenging to my approach to the Bible in the online lecture was the following line from Slide 129: “While we read the Old Testament in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus, it has its own value as well.” I always struggle a little with the Old Testament, sometimes reading it in the light of the coming of Christ, but I rarely read the Old in light of His death and resurrection. This interests me; the prophets often speak of a Savior, and sometimes a Suffering Savior, but reading stories like Samuel or Judges that aren’t so focused on the Messiah as the current situation would be interesting to read as a prophecy unto itself.

I’m really not sure what Bible story relates to me the most; in some ways, the story of Jesus first calling the Apostles relates to my recent years, with a call of “Follow me” while I didn’t really know where I was going (somewhat similar to the story of Tobiah and Raphael). This journey has led to a lot of sacrifices, a lot of triumph, and a life path completely foreign to anything I was planning, when I first came to college as an engineering student, unsure of whether I’d even keep going to church. Two and a half years later, I’m a Theology major, deeply invested in my faith, aware that greater rewards are still ahead (despite the hardships that are always prevalent), and I just have to trust God and follow wherever He may lead me.



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