NCIU - MPhil. - Intercultural Studies
degree of coherency and grasp of subject matter, pushing the author towards further readingand prayerful meditation, in order to fully develop the thesis.1.3.2
Major findingsThe Bible was almost entirely composed by Jewish writers and an examination of its
provides considerable fresh insight into the Christian faith and worldview
particularly in respect of
covenant, community and creation.
forms the dominant factor governing the biblical paradigm or worldview. The
inaugurated by the Messiah likewise forms the dominant factor governing the New Testament paradigm.Each biblical covenant is associated with a
—a „covenant community‟—
whoreceive a vocation commensurate with the relationship into which they have been brought.The biblical view of
ultimately anticipates its global renewal, whereupon heavenis united in harmony with earth, God dwelling utterly amidst his people. En-route to thisfinality, the biblical worldview incorporates the bondage of creation to the effects of
andits partners: death, disease and decay. Amidst this corrupted creation, the vocation of the covenant community is to be anincarnate Messenger of Hope: both recipient and giver of New Life; a sign, symbol and
harbinger of creation‟s ultimate,
Significance and value of findingsTraditional, post-Enlightenment theologies
i.e. reformed, dogmatic, systematic, critical,non-contextual etc.
having undergirded Western Christendom during the past twocenturies, are presently creaking under the strain of increasingly dominant post-modern andpost-colonial worldviews.In order for Christian faith and community to flourish within this hostile cultural climate, the challenge of review, re-evaluation and renewal needs to be faced, enabling Christian theology, praxis and culture to be released from the suffocating philosophical paradigms of the Enlightenment.