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A  Theandric  Endeavour  
Theology as the knowledge of divine things is an exhalation,
an outflowing and an effulgence that comes from God Himself


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What do we mean by
Gift  of  God’s  Revelation  

  God s  initiative  consists  in:  

  Creating  the  world  out  of  nothing  (Creation)  
  His  continual  care  for  the  world  in  sustaining  and  
providing  for  it  (Providence)  
  His  bestowal  of  the  natural  laws  
  His  gift  of  covenanting  –  διαθήκη  -­‐  from    διά  -­‐  τίθημι  
  His  incarnation  
  Establishment  of  the  Church  
  His  gift  of  the  sacraments  

Theology as Gift
  St Thalassius
  “the
desire of all desires, the
grace of theology”

  Origen
  “to be counted worthy of
spiritual knowledge does not
lie within our power”

Theology as the knowledge of divine things is

an exhalation (atmis), an outflowing (aporroia)
and an effulgence (apaugasma)   that comes
from God Himself
Theology as Gift

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God, God is

Christ is the Teacher par excellence: He proclaims,

instructs and promises to send the Comforter

 “Theology  is  that  grace  given  from  above  
which  bestows  upon  us  the  gift  of  true  
knowledge,  the  grace  to  see  God  and  all  His  
works  which  He  has  created”  
  Theology  primarily  a  gift  from  above  
  HOWEVER,  the  importance  of  our  desire  is  also  stressed  
  Our  desire  giving  birth  to  genuine  knowledge  
  Theology  is  the  means  whereby  our  intellect  [because  we  
have  so  desired]  has  been  taught  to  see  things  theo-­‐


A theologian therefore is the one

who reads through the lines
Surely a calling for ALL

of material things
since this experience of life

and sees reality

in all its fullness

in all of its dimensions
cannot be taught.

- that is as it really is.

We just have to open our eyes

A sensitive person therefore

as His children

seeing everything in life

to acknowledge

as miraculous.
His all abiding presence

in ALL.

Theology as God’s Revelation

  Revelation – central in Christian theology;

inextricable link between theology and

  “themystery was made known to me by

revelation ["the mystery was made known
to me by revelation [κατά ἀποκάλυψιν
ἐγνωρίσθη µοι τό µυστήριον].” [Eph 3:3]
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  God’s se
the world
God’s self-communicative action by which
He freely makes known the hidden purpose
of his divine will, disclosing himself to the
world and indeed inviting human beings into
personal fellowship with him.
Personal Dimension of
  "...the
Word became flesh and lived
among us, and we have seen his glory,
the glory as of a father’s only son, full of
grace and truth… The law indeed was
given through Moses; grace and truth
came through Jesus Christ. No one has
ever seen God. It is God the only Son,
who is close to the Father’s heart, who has
made him known." (Jn 1:14, 17-18).
Personal Dimension of
  Karl
analogy of the sun
  Transformative experience

God revealed through:

a)  Nature
b)  the fact He created the person in His
image and likeness
c)  Jesus Christ
Through Nature
  Natural/ordinary revelation
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of the earth, th
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Through Nature
  "[God] said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before
the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there
was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains
and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the
LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an
earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in
the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When
Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and
went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then
there came a voice to him that said, “What are you
doing here, Elijah?” (1Kings 19:11-13)
Image and Likeness
every person is an epiphany of God

Revelation through Jesus Christ
  Matthew 11:27 – the Son reveals the
  Luke 10:21-22 – the Son reveals the Father
  John 16:12-15 – the Holy Spirit reveals the
“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by
the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,
whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also
created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact
imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful
word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the
right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior
to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
(Heb. 1.1-4)
Jesus Christ

  1. Reveals God
  2. is the bearer of salvation
  3. defines the shape of our
reconciled life in God with
respect to our fellow
human beings and indeed
the entire created realm
Revealer Father
Ephesians 1: 3-14
Revelation Son
Revealedness Holy Spirit
Theology as our Human
Our resolute commitment and
act of thanksgiving
  “leteverything that breathes praise
Yahweh” (Ps 150:6)
  “We praise you, we bless you, we worship
you, we give thanks to you.”

Why should our commitment be necessary for

the theological task??
Our response in the
formulation of God’s truths
Language – a vehicle for the reception and
transmission of theological truths

  δεῖγὰρ καὶ αἱρέσεις ἐν ὑµῖν εἶναι,

ἵνα [καὶ] οἱ δόκιµοι φανεροὶ
γένωνται ἐν ὑµῖν

Indeed, there have to be factions

among you, for only so will it
become clear who among you
are genuine. (1Cor. 11:19 )
Acts 2:42

 “Theydevoted themselves to the

apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and the

Ἦσαν δὲ προσκαρτεροῦντες τῇ διδαχῇ

τῶν ἀποστόλων καὶ τῇ κοινωνίᾳ, τῇ
κλάσει τοῦ ἄρτου καὶ ταῖς προσευχαῖς.