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4. See Philip H. Phenix, Realms of Meaning: A Philosophy of the Curriculum for General Education (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964). 3 Perennial Questions THEOLOGICAL STUDY and research in many ways follows a pattern of human and intellectual inquiry that began in creation with the ability to question reality. Speaking of the creation, its description in the book of Genesis is helpful before exploring the perennial questions in human inquiry: In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
Spiritual life and traditions are studied from the perspective of loving critics who daily recognize our human limitations and God’s ever-present grace. Theological education is an intellectual invitation to explore critical and post-critical faith perspectives that pose a challenge for those who are threatened by a movement to closely examine conventional faith understandings. James Fowler considers the stages of individual reflective faith and conjunctive faith that young, middle age, and older adults can encounter on their life journeys during theological study.
Chapter 6 considers spiritual resources beyond our personal capacities. 1. Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write (Saint Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1938). 2. , 140. 3. , x. 4. William Temple, The Hope of A New World (London: Student Christian Movement Press, 1941), 30. 5. Euland, If You Want to Write, 177–78. 6. Eviatar Zerubavel, The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999). 6 A Spiritual Practice THE OPPORTUNITY to study, research, and write in theological education can be seen as an invitation to embrace a spiritual practice that has origins with the creation of humankind.
Doing Theological Research: An Introductory Guide for Survival in Theological Education by Robert W. Pazmiño