Theological View

: My  theological  view   is of social justice, helping bringing persons out of poverty and oppression especially women and children. While there is no perfect theologian that can fully connect with my view of ministry the two theologians that agree most with my view of Ministry are Catherine of Sienna and Gregory of Nyssia. I agree with Catherine on her views on grace. As she believes in Grace alone and that our works not would save us but only God’s Grace ( Kerr 125).Ephesians 2:8-9New International Version (NIV)8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9not by works,so that no one can boast. She always believes in growing in grace and believes that we are to strive towards perfection. As a United Methodist though she was Catholic her views are very similar to our views justification and sanctification She was also big on helping the poor and the sick as she helped the victims of the plague, the imprisoned etc ( Ellingsen 237). As a United Methodist i agree with Gregory of Nyssia just because he influenced John Wesley. Gregory of Nyssia is my secondary theologian, Gregory was very progressive for his day, he believed in women ‘s rights as he was probably taught by his sister Macrina. He expresses condemnation over slavery and he believes in helping the poor. He and his brother Basil gave away all their possessions. He believes that God is social. that is whatever we feel God feels ( Ellingsen 113). .Although I agree with both Gregory and Catherine, I will have Catherine as my top theologian and Gregory top 2nd why Catherine over him because she is a woman, she believes in grace alone ( Gregory believes in Grace and works. he also believes in deification ( becoming like God) which i  believe, as it  I believe  it is similar  to  our  United Methodist concept of  perfection. If we are striving for  perfection and God is  perfect  then we are striving in becoming  like God. I agree with Gregory of Nyssa because teaches universal salvation (Phan 190-91). I don’t believe a   good God would send anyone to hell/ Universal salvation can be an attractive feature that appeals to non-believers to engage thechurch. I believe we are all God’s children created in his image Genesis 1:26-27.Gregory were considered in the group labeled as the ‘Capadocian Fathers’ who were known for their efforts in uphold the Nicene formula. They followed the theological approach prevalent by Alexandrian School of Theology who used the allegorical method of interpretation which incorporated Neo-Platonism philosophical assumptions. It correlates the gospel with philosophy in an attempt to relate the Word of God to the sociocultural context and obtain to a deeper meaning of scripture than that which results its literal existence (the Orthodox Method). (Phan 189-93) (Roots I p75,146)Although Nyssa supports the theology of universal salvation (Phan 190-91), he does not abandon the role believer’s works play in salvation. As Ellingsen states, “Gregory appears to affirm that salvation of all, teaching that God wills all would be saved and that, therefore, damnation is one’s own fault. He states, faith without works does not save. This is in line scriptural text found in James 2:26, “26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.” Additionally, this position leads to the possibility of Christian perfection (Phan 190-191) which was influential on John Wesley’s theology as perfection is the outcome of deification (becoming like God) and the process of growth in grace. (Roots I, 154-55) . Catherine and Gregory of Nyssia are my theologians because of their social ethics and because of Gregory of Nyssia’s influence on John Wesley and how similar Catherine‘s views on Justification and sanctification is very similar to the United Methodist views on it. Augustine comes in a close 3rd but I disagree with him because his Catholic side Grace and Works seems incompatible with his Protestant side Grace alone. Also he believes in predestination and I believe that we have free will . Though he believes that slavery is wrong he does not speak out against it and he is lacking on other social ethics and has made no comments on women’s rights. Tertillian I really disagree with , he believes in Grace and works , he is a hardcore orthodox believing that philosophy can lead to heresy, he was intolerant especially towards the Jews. Martin Luther though he believed in Grace alone. He was somewhat progressive on women’s views He had the same views as Tertillian on reason, he was against the peasants revolt because they had had Calvinst views and he was anti – Jewish. Calvin he believed in predestination, he was not progressive on women’s rights expect they had the right to refuse sex in the marriage bed and although he was against slavery he did not condemn because it was in the Bible. I disagree with St.Patrick because he was orthodox, and did not seem to have comments on women’s rights