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Journal Cover   Pacifica : Australasian Theological Studies
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 1030-570X - ISSN (Online) 1839-2598
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [757 journals]
  • Contents
    • Pages: 121 - 122
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14547676
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
  • The Qumran Melchizedek Scroll and the Gospel of Mark: Coherence and
           contrast in soteriology
    • Authors: Byrne; B.
      Pages: 123 - 148
      Abstract: The text from Cave 11 of Qumran known as the ‘Melchizedek Scroll’ and the canonical Gospel of Mark have some noteworthy features in common. This article surveys the two documents from the soteriological aspect, noting areas of comparison and also of difference. The most noteworthy aspect of comparison consists in the fact that both see divinely appointed agents of liberation – Melchizedek and Jesus, respectively – as addressing a pre-existing human situation of captivity to the demonic, a captivity brought about through sin. Both documents likewise portray the redemptive figures as effecting liberation from this condition through an act of expiation that amounts to a culminating and final instance of the high priest’s action on the yearly Day of Atonement.
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14547563
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
  • The absurdity of sin and the creaturely life of faith in Karl Barth's
           theological epistemology
    • Authors: Morgan; B. L.
      Pages: 149 - 169
      Abstract: This article critically takes up the reaffirmation of Barth's reaction to the analogia entis in the recent work of Keith L. Johnson in order to question Johnson's appeal to human sin as the pivotal factor in Barth's rejection of the Catholic doctrine. By explicating what I call Barth's ‘theological particularism’, it will become more apparent that Johnson's reference to sin in Barth functions abstractly in the very ‘as such’ way that Barth sought to methodologically foreclose while also conflating ordinary creaturely knowledge and being with a view of sin that places God and creatures in epistemic and ontological contradiction. By filling out Johnson's missing account of Barth's view of the shadow of sin, a positive account of creatureliness has the chance to emerge that highlights faith and prayer as the fulfillment of creaturely life in the life of God.
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14544928
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
  • John Wesley, the Uniting Church, and the authority of Scripture
    • Authors: O'Brien; G.
      Pages: 170 - 183
      Abstract: This article aims at contributing to the Uniting Church’s theological discourse by appealing to its Wesleyan heritage in order to establish a workable approach to the authority of Scripture. It takes note of attempts by both liberals and conservatives to hijack John Wesley’s opinions to defend idiosyncratic views of biblical authority for political and ecclesial purposes of their own. Rather than relying on Wesley’s ‘rhetorical flourishes’ on scriptural authority, this article considers his overall approach to argue that Wesley affirmed rigorous biblical criticism within the bounds of a generous orthodoxy. Recognizing that in the light of reader-response criticism, the Protestant principle of sola scriptura has limited value, it is argued here that some kind of traditioned reading of Scripture (such as ‘canonical theism’) is necessary and desirable. It is suggested that the old battle lines drawn between liberals and conservatives over the authority of the Bible are rapidly becoming the stuff of historical enquiry rather than being situated at the coalface of conflict in the Uniting Church (this is also the case in other mainline Protestant denominations). Instead, the area of dispute will lie in determining whether or not the church’s discourse clearly sets forth the Christian gospel. In such a ‘radical middle’, biblical authority will be recognized within a framework that embraces scholarly criticism of the text while allowing difference of interpretive opinion within a deeply traditioned commitment to ‘God’s universal, prevenient, transforming love’.
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14544926
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
  • On comparing the resurrection appearances with apparitions
    • Authors: Siniscalchi; G. B.
      Pages: 184 - 205
      Abstract: After building a historical case for the post-mortem appearances of Jesus, I discuss the current landscape of apparitions research within the field of parapsychology. A balanced comparison of these two visual phenomena indicates that there are many more differences than similarities that might obtain between them. Because the resurrection appearances were seen as unique irruptions of the divine in human history, apparitions cannot be used as the primary basis for understanding the nature of the appearances. By interacting with Dale Allison's references to apparitions and, by extension, the historical credibility of the resurrection of Jesus, the argument of this article seeks to reinstate the uniqueness of the resurrection appearances.
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14544927
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
  • The congregation in a pluralist society: Rereading Newbigin for missional
           churches today
    • Authors: Cronshaw, D; Taylor, S.
      Pages: 206 - 228
      Abstract: Lesslie Newbigin sought to engage the gospel with western culture. A re-reading of Newbigin’s work offers insights for mission and communicating the gospel in the 21st-century western world, including the need to grapple with religious pluralism. For Newbigin, ‘the only hermeneutic of the gospel, is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it’. How plausible is the Newbigin thesis? Can congregations today believe and live the gospel, especially in a pluralistic context? This article is an appeal for attentiveness to the place and priority of the congregation, for the sake of mission in our pluralist society. It is grounded in the experience of two congregational case studies, which opens up conversation with Newbigin’s The Gospel in a Pluralist Society. Methodologically, it applies Neil Ormerod’s understanding of ecclesiology as grounded in ‘historical ecclesial communities’ to test both the groundedness and plausibility of Newbigin’s congregational hermeneutic.
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14549272
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
  • Gospel Writing: A Canonical Perspective Francis Watson
    • Authors: Monaghan; C. J.
      Pages: 229 - 231
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14544929
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
  • Christian Worship: A Theological and Historical Introduction Glen O'Brien
    • Authors: Moore; G.
      Pages: 231 - 232
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14544929a
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
  • Why Bother Praying? Richard Leonard SJ
    • Authors: Confoy; M.
      Pages: 232 - 233
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14544929b
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
  • Dreaming A New Earth: Raimon Panikkar and Indigenous Spiritualities Gerald
           Hall and Joan Hendriks
    • Authors: Reynolds; R.
      Pages: 234 - 235
      PubDate: 2014-09-15T00:47:07-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14544929c
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014)
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