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"'I thank my God about you always' (1 Cor 1:4): Pauline insights toward pastoral theologies of location for the churches of Oceania today"

Playoust, Catherine (2015) "'I thank my God about you always' (1 Cor 1:4): Pauline insights toward pastoral theologies of location for the churches of Oceania today". In: Bridging the Divide Between Faith, Theology and Life: The Church in Oceania. Explorations in Practical Theology, ed. Maher, Anthony. ATF Theology, Adelaide, pp. 49-72. ISBN 9781925232653

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The characteristics of church communities in Oceania and beyond raise the question of how to consider physical, ecclesial and technological location as aspects of church life. Members of early Christian communities, particularly the churches founded by Paul in cities such as Thessalonica, developed practical ways to deal with the challenges that being in various physical locations brought them. Moreover, they possessed an ecclesial unity that helped them transcend their physical separation. Today we can consider the Pauline letters as "witnesses to various experiments in shaping or reshaping community" (Ellen Bradshaw Aitken), in the hope of refreshing our vision for the churches today and in the future. The essay concludes with some reflections along these lines from the author's perspective as an urban, Western-cultural Roman Catholic, with an emphasis on how the Internet and related communication tools can provide a quasi-spatial realm of contact mediated through technology and hence be of great benefit, as some recent papal statements have recognised.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Additional Information: The electronic version of the chapter stored here includes an extra page at the end of the chapter in order to provide the final footnote, which was accidentally omitted in the production process. The book in which this article appears is also considered as a journal issue: A Forum for Theology in the World, volume 2, issue 2 (2015).
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Paul, 1 Thessalonians, church, community, location, Internet
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Catherine Playoust
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 02:52
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 02:52
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1939

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