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The mission of the kingdom of god: Ultimate source of meaning, value and energy for Jesus

Gleeson, Brian (2016) The mission of the kingdom of god: Ultimate source of meaning, value and energy for Jesus. Australasian Catholic Record, 93 (3). pp. 326-339. ISSN 0727-3215


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Among peoples today, the phenomenon of faith takes many different forms. Beyond the different religious expressions of faith within the great world religions, there exists a variety of other forms and objects of faith. Terence Tilley discusses these around his 'working definition of faith' as a relationship-'the relationship between one and the irreducible energizing source of meaning and centre of value in one's life'. Metaphorically speaking, those dominant sources of meaning, value, and energy for their devotees are their 'gods'. Among those that Tilley identifies are the following: the family, the nation, secular humanism (the good of humanity), truth, justice, money, success, pleasure, the body beautiful, power. He suggests that 'discovering our gods' involves asking such questions as these: For what do we live? What energises our life? What would we die for? Why would we die for that?

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Jesus Christ, Christianity, Faithfulness, Kingdom of God, Conduct of life, Religious aspects, Hope
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: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Mr Micah Daley-Carey
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 03:58
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:23
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2954

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