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The Dynamics Of Shame In The Eden Narrative, John M. Andersen Apr 2018

The Dynamics Of Shame In The Eden Narrative, John M. Andersen

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The Gospels Of Mark And Matthew In The Context Of The Early Church, Sarah L. Cook Mar 2018

The Gospels Of Mark And Matthew In The Context Of The Early Church, Sarah L. Cook

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The New Testament is witness to disagreement in the early church about whether Gentile converts to the good news needed to abide by the ritualistic aspects of the Jewish Torah. One view, advocated by Paul, was that Gentiles did not need to adhere to these aspects of the Law. Another view, promoted by James and Peter in the Jerusalem Church, held that the Torah had not been moved aside with Jesus’ ministry. As such, there were different views in the early church about what an appropriate Gentile mission should entail, and this tension is seen at the Council of Jerusalem ...


Teaching Children About Allah, Huseyin Aldemir Mar 2018

Teaching Children About Allah, Huseyin Aldemir

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The increasing growth rate of the Muslim population in Australia highlights the importance of children being taught various aspects of Islam to gain a competent understanding about Allah. Diverse levels of government authorities in Australia affirm that children ought to be taken to learning environments where they will gain quality education and be provided positive impact on their lives. The process of teaching Islam is important as it lays a suitable platform through which children are given the adequate knowledge, belief, practice, rituals, and devotion. The purpose of the study was to examine the different ways through which Muslim children ...


John Chrysostom On Almsgiving And The Therapy Of The Soul, Junghun Bae Feb 2018

John Chrysostom On Almsgiving And The Therapy Of The Soul, Junghun Bae

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In recent years, a significant scholarly focus has been on John Chrysostom’s appropriation of ancient psychagogy, demonstrating that he was a skilled Christian physician of the soul who sought to promote the somatic and psychological health of his congregation by proposing preaching and various ascetic disciplines as medical treatments. In theses studies, however, relatively little attention has been devoted to his use of philosophical therapy in relation to almsgiving. To address this, my project aims to take a closer look at Chrysostom’s view of almsgiving and soul therapy within the context of ancient philosophical therapy. Ancient philosophers identified ...


Because He Has Spoken To Us Joseph Ratzinger, The Revelation Of The Logos In Jesus Christ, And A Fundamental Pattern For Evangelization, Bradley Bursa Jan 2018

Because He Has Spoken To Us Joseph Ratzinger, The Revelation Of The Logos In Jesus Christ, And A Fundamental Pattern For Evangelization, Bradley Bursa

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In a 1983 lecture, Joseph Ratzinger noted that one need not demonstrate at great length the apparent difficulties within the epoch’s catechetical efforts, even going so far as to declare the situation a state of crisis. He argues that the reversal of roles between content and method – with content now serving method – served as a significant source of the purported crisis.1 The bulk of Ratzinger’s expansive theological work is a response to various crises within the understanding of the contents themselves, with a willing admission on his part that he did not have responsibility for catechetical methods ...


How Do The Writings Of Pope Benedict Xvi On "Transformation" Apply To A Couple's Growth In Holiness In Sacramental Marriage?, Houda Jilwan Jan 2018

How Do The Writings Of Pope Benedict Xvi On "Transformation" Apply To A Couple's Growth In Holiness In Sacramental Marriage?, Houda Jilwan

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The Changing Face Of Australia: From Secular To Post-Secular Identity, Saskia Ebejer Jan 2018

The Changing Face Of Australia: From Secular To Post-Secular Identity, Saskia Ebejer

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The secularisation thesis, originally developed in the 1960s and touted as a seminal sociological theory, has over the last few decades been called into question. In particular, claims regarding the displacement of religion in the public square and, ultimately, the waning or disappearance tout court of religion from the lives of individuals have come under scrutiny. The advent of the secular paradigm has no doubt had lasting effects, both publicly and privately, but, far from consisting merely in the extinction of religion, theorists have been drawing attention to the recent proliferation, spawned by the crisis of or dissatisfaction with the ...


The Impact Of Pilgrimage Upon The Faith And Faith-Based Practice Of Catholic Educators, Rachel Capets Jan 2018

The Impact Of Pilgrimage Upon The Faith And Faith-Based Practice Of Catholic Educators, Rachel Capets

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A pilgrimage of Catholic educators from Sydney Catholic Schools served as a phenomenographic case study for an investigation into the impact of pilgrimage upon the faith and faith-based practice of Catholic educators. Forty-five Catholic educators embarked on a pilgrimage for the Canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in April 2014. The pilgrimage itinerary led the educators through Italy, whereby the pilgrims visited the holy sites of Saints significant in the life of the Church.

Phenomenographic data collection and analysis are used to investigate the range of ways educators’ perceive the impact of pilgrimage on faith. Pilgrimage is ...


Between Forum And Tower: The Sources Of Political Judgement In The Leadership Of Pope John Paul Ii, Cormac Mccaughan Jan 2018

Between Forum And Tower: The Sources Of Political Judgement In The Leadership Of Pope John Paul Ii, Cormac Mccaughan

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According to Mary Ann Glendon, scholars and statespersons have often grappled with a tension of pursuing their political ideals within practical realities. In The Forum and The Tower, Glendon examines how the political judgments of prominent public figures illuminates how conceptions of political ends inform, or do not inform, those decisions. This thesis draws from contemporary debates on Aristotle’s phronesis to explore how political actors deliberate between acting with integrity and compromising their political ideals. It develops a theoretical framework to examine the sources of political judgment in the leadership of Pope John Paul II towards Communist authority in ...


The Christian Concept Of The Nature Of Motherhood And Its Implications In A Contemporary Context, Christine Fisk Jan 2018

The Christian Concept Of The Nature Of Motherhood And Its Implications In A Contemporary Context, Christine Fisk

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The contemporary context presents countless ideologies and conflicting views about what femininity is and what it is not. In particular, the modern pursuit of equality and autonomy has resulted in the perception of motherhood as inconvenient in some quarters or, worse yet, inconsequential. This thesis considers the question as whether or not motherhood is separable from womanhood, and if there is indeed any inherent value to motherhood. The intent of this thesis was to go beyond the variety of views of what motherhood is to the two primary female figures in Scripture – Eve and Mary - to discern what they revealed ...


Ontologia Ad Theologia: An Intellectual History Of Contemporary English Language Rahner Scholarship, Maddison Reddie-Clifford Jan 2018

Ontologia Ad Theologia: An Intellectual History Of Contemporary English Language Rahner Scholarship, Maddison Reddie-Clifford

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This thesis develops the methodology of the practice of the History of Ideas for the study of English language Rahnerian literature. Drawing primarily on the Cambridge School and techniques of French analysis, it endeavours to recover the intended consequence of particular writings of Karl Rahner and to examine how this intended consequence conforms with the current English language understanding. It facilitates this with a study of several questions that arise in the current dominant hermeneutics of English language Rahner study. By deploying a rigorous intellectual history of Rahner’s theological development, it tests the extent to which the non-foundationalist approach ...


An Exegetical Study Of The Annunciation Of Luke 1:26-38 Through Text And Art, Kellie Costello Jan 2018

An Exegetical Study Of The Annunciation Of Luke 1:26-38 Through Text And Art, Kellie Costello

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In the Gospel of Luke, Mary of Nazareth’s encounter with the angel Gabriel has captured the attention and the imagination of theologians, scholars and artists for millennia, for in it the evangelist, communicates the announcement of the Incarnation of the long-promised Messiah. This exegetical study of the Annunciation through text and art examines how this good news was communicated to the first readers. Then following on from this acquired knowledge, this research seeks to discover if the understanding of the Annunciation has evolved over time by examining four artworks: two from sixteenth-century Europe and two from twentieth-century Australia. Each ...


When Heaven And Earth Embrace: How Do We Engage Spiritually In An Emerging Universe?, Mary M. Tinney Oct 2017

When Heaven And Earth Embrace: How Do We Engage Spiritually In An Emerging Universe?, Mary M. Tinney

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In this thesis I am proposing that we can engage spiritually in an emerging Universe if we have a vision of the embrace of Heaven and Earth that is informed by contemporary science, if we underpin that with an ecotheology that recognises Heaven and Earth as interconnected while respecting their differences, and if we have an ecospiritual praxis that is open, attentive to and aware of divine presence in all that is. I am convinced that a vision of the embrace of Heaven and Earth has the potential to drive action for justice for Earth at a time when there ...


The Church And Management: Synthesis Of A Reorientation Framework For Management Theories Through A Theological Engagement With Management Science, Christina Kheng Li Lin Aug 2017

The Church And Management: Synthesis Of A Reorientation Framework For Management Theories Through A Theological Engagement With Management Science, Christina Kheng Li Lin

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This doctoral project is an inter-disciplinary study that brings together theology and management science. Its goal is to synthesize, through an appropriate theological method, a framework to reorientate management theories so as to render them more suitable for management in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as more conducive for human flourishing in all organizations. It is hoped that this project will contribute towards the theological scholarship that is much needed amidst an increasing influence of the managerial culture in both Church and society. Chapter 1 begins with a survey of pastoral management literature in the Catholic Church, noting the ...


The Nature Of God & Predestination In John Davenant's Dissertatio De Praedestinatione Et Reprobatione, Jonathan Roberts Jul 2017

The Nature Of God & Predestination In John Davenant's Dissertatio De Praedestinatione Et Reprobatione, Jonathan Roberts

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This paper is an exposition and defense of John Davenant's critique of the lapsarian understanding of the ordering of God's decrees. I evaluate Davenant's use of theology proper in his critique of said debate and contend that if Davenant is correct about divine simplicity and divine immutability, his critique of lapsarianism is successful.


Exploring Ecumenical Charism Of An Anglican And Uniting Church College Through Members' Understandings Of Its Ethos, Culture, Climate And Leadership, Trevor John Collie May 2017

Exploring Ecumenical Charism Of An Anglican And Uniting Church College Through Members' Understandings Of Its Ethos, Culture, Climate And Leadership, Trevor John Collie

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The context of this research is an ecumenical college created by both the Anglican Church and the Uniting Church in Queensland, Australia. The advent of the modern ecumenical movement of the Christian Church has introduced initiatives from churches to demonstrate fuller unity by cooperating in ministry and mission through the establishment of ecumenical agencies such as ecumenical schools. The purpose of this thesis is to explore how members of one particular school understand and experience what it means to be involved in an ecumenical school and how they cultivate its ecumenical charism.


Damar On Fridays, Maja Sadikovic Apr 2017

Damar On Fridays, Maja Sadikovic

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These poems are about the first hand witnessing of the Balkan war and its visceral repercussions, ripping of families across generations and continents due to religious intolerance, and an identity crisis within the diaspora of the former Yugoslav people. They interact with appeals of loss, in terms of bodies, memory, and material, despair within the identity of the self in and outside of religion, and the perception of love and belonging, but not necessarily in that order. They are largely inspired by victim story-telling, translations of conversations with natives of the former Yugoslavia and their children, and ramifications of ...


Remembering The Past, Living The Present, Shaping The Future: Catholic-Jewish Dialogue In Australia, Lorraine Victorsen Mar 2017

Remembering The Past, Living The Present, Shaping The Future: Catholic-Jewish Dialogue In Australia, Lorraine Victorsen

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There is no doubt that the positive relationship that exists today between Catholic and Jewish individuals and communities is due in large part to Nostra Aetate and to the Catholic Church’s commitment to ongoing Catholic-Jewish dialogue.1

This research focuses on relevant key issues suggested by the practical, political theology of Johann Baptist Metz and on the significance of his key categories of memory, narrative and solidarity as they relate to both Catholic and Jewish theology.

While Receptive Ecumenism is directly concerned with developing more contemporary ways of engaging ecumenically with other Christian groups, the premise of this study ...


The Socioeconomic Impact Of Indian Gaming On Kumeyaay Nations: A Case Study Of Barona, Viejas, And Sycuan, 1982 - 2016, Ethan L. Banegas Jan 2017

The Socioeconomic Impact Of Indian Gaming On Kumeyaay Nations: A Case Study Of Barona, Viejas, And Sycuan, 1982 - 2016, Ethan L. Banegas

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This study will use the reservations of Barona, Viejas, and Sycuan to measure the socioeconomic impacts of gaming within the Kumeyaay nation. It will also draw on information available from other gaming tribes. To organize my research, I will use the following categories: health, education, economics and infrastructure. Within these four topics I will cover: investment capital, poverty, higher education, internet access, alcohol addiction, suicide rates, obesity, diabetes, and other socioeconomic indicators. Once this is accomplished I will assess the social and economic impact of gaming on Barona, Viejas, and Sycuan and include the possible implications to heal historical trauma ...


A Comparative-Historical Analysis Of Cross-Cultural Influences Affecting The Evolving Of Christian Marriage In The First Century Ce, Kevin Smith Jan 2017

A Comparative-Historical Analysis Of Cross-Cultural Influences Affecting The Evolving Of Christian Marriage In The First Century Ce, Kevin Smith

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Anecdotal evidence and media discussions indicate that today formal marriage is not deemed necessary to cement a conjugal relationship. Many nominally Christian countries such as France, Germany, the U.K., Ireland and Australia have given de facto relationships the same or similar legal standing as formal marriages. In addition, the legitimacy of children born of de facto liaisons is no longer a contested issue. We are living in a time of important social change.

Similarly, the Roman world of the first century was experiencing great social change, including issues surrounding marriage and the bearing and raising of children. This investigation ...


Communion Ecclesiology And Communication In The Post-Vatican Ii Church, Marita Winters Jan 2017

Communion Ecclesiology And Communication In The Post-Vatican Ii Church, Marita Winters

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From the time of the Second Vatican Council (1962–65) there has been a recovery of the understanding of the nature of the Church as communion. The communion of the Church is derived from the divine love between the three Persons of the Trinity and gives rise to communion among the faithful. It is evident in scripture and was understood by the early Church. This shift in ecclesiology underpinned the renewal of the Church’s mission of evangelization in the years since the Council. The Church is called to go out to the whole world and tell the Good News ...


From The Garden Of Eden To The New Creation In Christ : A Theological Investigation Into The Significance And Function Of The Old Testament Imagery Of Eden Within The New Testament, James Cregan Jan 2017

From The Garden Of Eden To The New Creation In Christ : A Theological Investigation Into The Significance And Function Of The Old Testament Imagery Of Eden Within The New Testament, James Cregan

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The thesis is intended as an analytical and critical introduction to a developing theology of Eden. It compares a range of Old Testament understandings pertaining to the imagery of the Garden of Eden, as the basis for a study of the appropriation, integration and transformation of Edenic imagery in the New Testament. It does so in the context of Christian theology which, for a variety reasons, has been generally subdued, if not ambivalent, in articulating the relationship between the imagery of Eden and the representation of the New Creation in Christ. The purpose of the thesis, then, is not just ...


Reading Councils Backwards: Challenging Teleological Perspectives Of Constantinople’S Ecclesiastical Development From 381 To 451, Justin Matthew Pigott Dec 2016

Reading Councils Backwards: Challenging Teleological Perspectives Of Constantinople’S Ecclesiastical Development From 381 To 451, Justin Matthew Pigott

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The period from the First Council of Constantinople (381) to the Council of Chalcedon (451) is considered to be a formative one in the development of Constantinople’s self-identity and confidence as an ecclesiastical authority. Traditional representations of Constantinople during this era portray a see that was experiencing meteoric growth in episcopal authority and was increasingly attempting to assert supremacy over the churches of the east as well as challenge Rome’s authority in the west. However, it is the contention of this thesis that such a view is informed by a highly teleological perspective of Constantinople’s earliest history ...


How Catholic Social Teaching And Ignatian Spirituality Interact Within The Praxis Of The Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific Social Apostolate Network In Relation To Vulnerable Migrants In And From Asia, Sandra Jayne Cornish Dec 2016

How Catholic Social Teaching And Ignatian Spirituality Interact Within The Praxis Of The Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific Social Apostolate Network In Relation To Vulnerable Migrants In And From Asia, Sandra Jayne Cornish

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This research into the interaction of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and Ignatian spirituality within the praxis of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific Social Apostolate Network (the Network) in relation to vulnerable migrants in or from Asia in the period 2008–2012 adopts a community engagement approach, partnering with the Network to generate emergent knowledge and transformative action. The research design consciously engages synergies between CST, Ignatian spirituality and a praxis approach to theology. The tools of grounded theory are used to analyse data gathered via semi-structured in-depth interviews with members of the Network. The data are then placed in dialogue ...


The Sīrah Genre: An Evaluation Of Fethullah Gülen’S Approach, Süleyman Sertkaya Dec 2016

The Sīrah Genre: An Evaluation Of Fethullah Gülen’S Approach, Süleyman Sertkaya

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In the Islamic tradition, Prophet Muhammad is an important and central figure. The Prophet’s role is critical as the receiver of revelation, and Qur’anic verses describe him as an exemplary role model. Among the Islamic disciplines, the genre of sīrah deals independently with the life of Prophet Muhammad, his biography within the framework of incidents in his life, generally in a chronological format. This study examines Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen’s approach to the sīrah genre, how he reads it and what original insights he brings to the study of sīrah, especially in terms of his approach ...


A History Of Tamar (1996-2008) In Relation To The Anglican Church Of Australia In General And The Diocese Of Sydney In Particular. Tamar (Towards A More Appropriate Response) Was Formed By A Group Of Sydney Anglican Women To Address The Issue Of Sexual Abuse In The Australian Anglican Church, Patricia Anne Mayne Sep 2016

A History Of Tamar (1996-2008) In Relation To The Anglican Church Of Australia In General And The Diocese Of Sydney In Particular. Tamar (Towards A More Appropriate Response) Was Formed By A Group Of Sydney Anglican Women To Address The Issue Of Sexual Abuse In The Australian Anglican Church, Patricia Anne Mayne

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TAMAR (Towards A More Appropriate Response) was established in 1996 by a small group of Sydney Anglican women, many of whom belonged to the sexually abused community. These women through their experiences and led by their Christian spirituality, integrated with justice and mercy were compelled to address the issue of sexual abuse in the Anglican Church of Australia with particular reference to the Diocese of Sydney. Without power, authority and history these women were at the other end of the spectrum when compared with the Anglican Church of Australia...


Attitudes About Work And Time In Los Angeles, 1769-1880, Tyler D. Lachman Mr. Aug 2016

Attitudes About Work And Time In Los Angeles, 1769-1880, Tyler D. Lachman Mr.

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This thesis argues that the industrious Californio people continued to prosper in Los Angeles after statehood in 1850. Certain historians have emphasized the hardworking Californio culture at various points in Los Angeles history. But no one has defended their overall work ethic. Thus, this thesis goes farther than other historians in discrediting the notion that Californio Angelinos died out quickly because they could not sustain success under American leadership.


On (Not) Becoming 'An Extension Of The State' In 'Seeking The Flourishing Of The City': A Theologically-Informed Inquiry Into The Impact On 'Church-Related' Agencies' Of Contracting With Government To Provide Social Welfare And Human Services In Australia, 1996 To 2013, Douglas George Hynd Aug 2016

On (Not) Becoming 'An Extension Of The State' In 'Seeking The Flourishing Of The City': A Theologically-Informed Inquiry Into The Impact On 'Church-Related' Agencies' Of Contracting With Government To Provide Social Welfare And Human Services In Australia, 1996 To 2013, Douglas George Hynd

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The Christian Churches in Australia are not only present in parishes and congregations but are also involved in a wide range of activities in the fields of social welfare, human services and social policy. The historical legacy of this involvement is organisationallydiverse and represents a significant presence in public policy in Australia. With the shift to contracting as a funding technology for social welfare and human services in the 1990s, church-related agencies found themselves engaging in new ways with government. Nearly two decades later there has been relatively little research into the impact of the shift to contracting on these ...


M. Fethullah Gülen’S Understanding Of Sunnah, Mustafa Erdil Jul 2016

M. Fethullah Gülen’S Understanding Of Sunnah, Mustafa Erdil

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The aim and objective of this study is to highlight the importance of and the status of hadith in Islam, as well as its relevance and reference to sunnah, the Prophetic tradition and all that this integral source of reference holds in Islam. Furthermore, hadith, in its nature, origin and historical development with its close relationship with the concept of memorisation and later recollection came about after the time of Prophet Muhammad. This study will thus explore the reasons behind the prohibition, in its initial stage, with the authorisation of recording the hadiths and its writing at another time. The ...


Life To The Full: A Study Of Catholic School Teachers’ Personal Spirituality, Patricia Agnes Andrew Jul 2016

Life To The Full: A Study Of Catholic School Teachers’ Personal Spirituality, Patricia Agnes Andrew

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the spirituality of a small sample of teachers in Catholic schools through the expressions of their own personal understanding of spirituality. The study was conducted in a biographical, narrative way which allowed the voices of the participating teachers to be heard. This research inquiry addressed the contemporary problem of the ambiguous relationship between religion and spirituality within a culture that is predominantly secular. The cultural religious overlay (in this case, Catholicism) which once served to identify and define spirituality and its practices for many Catholics, no longer provides a meaningful reference ...