Posts Tagged ‘holistic formation’


Saturday, November 26th, 2011 by Diane Chandler

I’m reminded of the power of healthy friendships and how they infuse life into our discouraged hearts.  With friends, life is invigorated with breath and hopeful in outlook. Without friends, life becomes suffocating, hopeless, and nondescript.  Friendship involves sharing privileged information and is like fuel added to an empty tank.  Friendship is also proven and enriched during times of crisis.  

In his book Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, author Jon Meacham recounts the deep friendship that developed between U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II.  Interesting, Roosevelt had quite a negative impression of Churchill when they first met twenty-one years earlier.  Roosevelt was running for a state senate position and made a visit to London. He found Churchill brusque.  What brought them together years later as president and prime minister was Adolf Hitler.  However what kept them together was friendship

Throughout WWII, they exchanged nearly 2000 letters, spent over 100 days together, and celebrated holidays with one another.  They encouraged each other in the midst of dark times.  In the last 24 hours of Roosevelt’s life, he penned these words for a speech that he would never deliver: “Today we are faced with the pre-eminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships.” [I’ll resist the temptation to discuss the lack of friendship and collegiality, which characterizes the political atmosphere in Congress at present.  However, I do wonder if friendship is one of the missing ingredients in solving our nation’s problems.]

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The Imago Dei in Historical Perspective

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 by Diane Chandler

Throughout history, theologians have attempted to define the imago Dei (Latin, image of God) and identify what exactly being created in the image of God refers to.  Four perspectives have been offered.

The first perspective relates to humankind’s capacity to think and reason.  This has been termed the substantive view, connoting that the imago Dei can be described by any one or more of its essential parts, but particular human rationality.  Church fathers such as Irenaeus (d. 202) and Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) fashioned their theological views around God’s creating humankind in his image with the ability to reason and think over the non-human creation.

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Created in the Image of God

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 by Diane Chandler

Between 1508-1512, Michelangelo painstakingly painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the Papal Chapel within the Vatican, depicting nine particular biblical scenes from the book of Genesis. One of the most famous scenes, the creation of Adam, depicts God touching the finger of Adam and giving him life. In order for his visual imagination to inform the planning of the paintings, Michelangelo continually drank in the biblical texts.

But what does it mean to be created in the image of God (Latin, imago Dei)? Over the upcoming few weeks, I’ll address the dignity of the human person, created holistically in the imago Dei.

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