[John_Lit] Paul Anderson's "Truth and Liberation: The Function of t
- Paul, thanks for your substantive reply. It doesn't
entirely allay my concerns, but I see that you have
already considered these concerns even before my
voicing of them.
> The point here is to identify how it isIs the therapist a (the?) Paraclete? This is not meant
> that one is liberated by truth, at least inwardly,
> and the Rogerian theraputic model seems quite
> parallel to the convincing work of the
> Parakletos here in John 16.
as a facetious remark. I am curious about how far your
use of Rogers takes you.
On a different point: Do you know of any critically
sound works that defend the construction of a Biblical
theology? I'm working on a little theological project
(maybe a big one) on the Biblical understanding of the
heart as the active core of the human being and of
remembering as doing. The project entails drawing upon
different Biblical passages to construct a Biblical
theology of remembering, but I don't want my method to
degenerate into a parody of prooftexting. My intuition
is that there is a certain kind of unity to the Bible
but that it's not an unproblematic unity. How does one
legitimately construct a Biblical theology that
presuppose some sort of unity despite the varied
voices that one finds in the text? Any suggestions?
Assistant Professor Horace Jeffery Hodges
Hanshin University (Korean Theological University)
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>Paul, thanks for your substantive reply. It doesn'tI use the modest language of a "parallel" with intentionality, Jeffery. I
>entirely allay my concerns, but I see that you have
>already considered these concerns even before my
>voicing of them.
>> The point here is to identify how it is
>> that one is liberated by truth, at least inwardly,
>> and the Rogerian theraputic model seems quite
>> parallel to the convincing work of the
>> Parakletos here in John 16.
>Is the therapist a (the?) Paraclete? This is not meant
>as a facetious remark. I am curious about how far your
>use of Rogers takes you.
think there may be some overlap, and in the best cases I might imagine a
therapist furthering the work of the Parakletos. Likewise, I believe the
convincing work of the Parakletos is therapeutic, although I see that work
as having a larger goal than personal transformation, as important as that
is. So, I would envision the parallel to have some overlap, but not
In terms of continuity with the Johannine tradition, I envision closer
connections with the personal transformation that happens in the meeting
for worship. Across traditions and forms, the human-divine encounter
evokes a renewed perspective, including one's appraisal of self. The
Johannine theology of encounter emerges epistemologically, I believe, from
transformative experiences, and it likewise draws the reader into such
>The work of the Bible and Christian Theology section of SBL, along with
> How does one
>legitimately construct a Biblical theology that
>presuppose some sort of unity despite the varied
>voices that one finds in the text? Any suggestions?
the Lilly-funded consultation headed up by Ulrich Mauser has done some
good work here (the session in which my paper was presented), and standard
texts on biblical theology abound. The challenge, of course, is that one
must take seriously the "theologies" within the canonical corpus even in
coming out with a "biblical" perspective on any theological topic.
Any comments from others?