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Title: Discovering Christian identity and memory through the meeting of Jesus with the Samaritan woman (Jn 4:1-42)
Authors: Grech Sammut, Cynthia
Keywords: Religious pluralism
Bible. John, IV, 1-42 -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Samaritan woman (Biblical figure)
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: In a climate of secularisation and breakdown of geographical barriers the Christian faith is being challenged in new ways. Ecumenical and interreligious dialogue have improved as the confrontation of faith is no longer only between those of different beliefs but with a society which is questioning its values and roots. Yet the past and history cannot be ignored. The meeting point for all divergent opinions (on faith) remains the human person. Neurotheology provides a neutral space where the relationship between the human person and God can be explored. However, whilst studying the effect on the person in relation to God, this science does not necessarily reflect the identity gained through the relationship – what makes a Christian a Christian? This dissertation will try to discover what characteristics are significant to the Christian identity. The scene near Jacob’s well provides a variety of examples of persons who believe in Jesus Christ. Past and present are reconciled when the Samaritan woman encounters Jesus. A new future is created with the Samaritans who invite Jesus to stay and proclaim him Saviour of the world (Jn 4:42). And Jesus engages his faithful disciples further in their mission. With characteristics of Christian identity discovered through this biblical background, liturgy is proposed as a space where the ‘spirit and truth’ can meet in worship to nourish and maintain the Christian identity whilst reliving the memorial of the history of salvation: Jesus carrying out the will of God the Father and proposing the gift of living water in the Holy Spirit.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacThe - 2017
Dissertations - FacTheMT - 2017

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