TITLE

Forming the Performers: How Christians Can Use Canon Sense to Bring Us to Our (Theodramatic) Senses

AUTHOR(S)
Vanhoozer, Kevin J.
PUB. DATE
May 2010
SOURCE
Edification: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psycholo;2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Christian self-understanding involves understanding God, and this means understanding the Bible, the written means of God's self-presentation. Christianity is viewed neither as a philosophy nor system of morality but theodrama: God's good-doing in the Son through the Spirit (i.e., the gospel of Jesus Christ). Doctrines - summary statements of the meaning of salvation history - help us to understand the triune drama of redemption and our role in it, thus enabling disciples rightly to participate in what God is doing to renew creation by cultivating new habits of heart and mind. The Christian counselor resembles an acting coach that forms the performers. Similarly, theology fosters "canon sense": the ability to make biblical judgments concerning the meaning of life. Disciples do the truth and align themselves not only with Scripture but with reality when they speak and act "according to the script." The doctrine of justification by faith serves as a case study of what it means for Christian psychologists to bring people to their theodramatic senses.
ACCESSION #
54023564

 

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