Avery Dulles- Models of Revelation

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Theo 212 Midterm Take Home Exam Question 1: Models of Revelation (Part A) The model that Patricia’s understanding of God’s self communication most closely resembles is the Propositional model, in which a revelation occurs when teaching is formulated in a clear, conceptual form. In Patricia’s revelation, God communicates to her through the form of written words in the bible. Understanding and internalizing God’s command to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you!” was possible for Patricia because of her existing faith in Christ as an Evangelist. For Patricia, revelations through the delivery of religious teachings are salvific experiences. While Patricia’s faith was strong prior to her revelation, Oscar’s faith was a response to revelation. Oscar’s experience is representative of the New Awareness model of revelation. Through active participation, like his participation in the movement to defend worker’s rights, he began to see himself and the world in a new light. In this new perspective he recognizes that the world is extremely divided by racism, however, God has come to represent his own desire for a world with social justice. He finds salvation in in the image of universal reconciliation that religion offers, and reassurance that social justice can be achieved. His is motivated by this revelation and continues to work towards making the world a better place. Model three, the Experiential model, is very similar to Nick’s account of revelation. In this case the revelation occurred while Nick was meditating, it was an inner experience in which Nick had an immediate consciousness of God’s presence. God’s communication with Nick’s soul made him aware of what he must do and allowed him to see the world candidly. Nick does not belief in a specific doctrine; learning to open himself to these encounters with the divine had made him become a

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