ERIC Number: ED028398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
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Adult Experience; A Key to Christian Discipleship. Putting Immediacy and Emotional Content into a Christian Theology Specifically for Adults.
Thede, Gaius Wendt
The first practical problem of a Christian educator in reaching inadequately committed adults is motivation. Although educational psychology shows very little that goes beyond self-realization or self-actualization as the basic motive of man, the Christian view of man makes it clear that God's own motivation, agape (self-giving love), is also meant for man and is the only possible adequate motivation. Philosophers like Polanyi now recognize the necessity of involvement for any knowledge. Religious knowledge, involving man more completely than any other kind, demands more complete commitment and greater personal risk, making decision more difficult. Decision and commitment are more likely if one's awareness and one's sense of involvement are increased. We propose a Christian"commitment theology" as the content of Christian adult education. Such a theology must deal with divine revelation, which is not propositional, but God's revelation of Himself in interpersonal relationships. Considerations suggest that we can approach adults on the basis, not of intellectual acuity, but of a "maturity" due to life lived; that the Christian educator's role is not as God-substitute but as bystanding "introducer"; and that the basic content can be "existential theology," centering on the Fatherhood of God. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Beliefs, Decision Making, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Emotional Experience, Interpersonal Relationship, Investigations, Motivation, Participation, Religious Education, Teacher Role, Theological Education
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Authoring Institution: Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Th. D. Thesis.