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    What is Dualism?

    Scripture defines the human problemas moral rebellion against God butthe Greeks believe the problem ismetaphysical. The material world is

    seen as evil/chaotic while thespiritual Forms are rational/good.

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    Monastic Spirituality

    Augustine treated thecontemplative life ofprayer and meditation in

    monasteries as superiorto the active life ofordinary work in theworld.

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    Rage Against The Machine

    Descartes and antpictured the world as ahuge mechanistic system

    moving in fi!ed patternsby natural laws while themind is the realm ofthought" emotion" will.

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    CHRISTIAN VERSIONS OF DUAISM

    Human# $ody versus Soul. Two opposingsubstances" one is redeemable and theother lost. $utman is a cohesive whole.The whole man was created good andbeing redeemed.

    Reality # %eaven versus &orld. 'scapethis hopeless physical world for adisembodied e!istence. $ut heaven and

    earth shall be renewed" resurrected body.Faith! Sacre" #ersus Secular$ %rayer an"religious &e"itation is &ore #alua'le than&anual la'or$ (utall o) li)e is sacre"$

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    Thinking Tool-Box

    (reation) &hat*s+riginal ,urpose-

    Fall) &hat &ent&rong-

    edemption)&hat*s Solution-

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    The Creation

    The physical world Godmade was GOOD! Natureis a showcase of His glory.

    Humanity is made in Godsown image for relationship,

    different from the rest of

    creation. Life is sacred.or is meaningful in arhythm of rest and la"or.

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    The Fall

    &e have pushed God outfrom the euation. 0ndisobedience" we havemade physical and mental

    substitutes 1idols2 to tell usright from wrong. Sin hascorrupted nature" fractured

    social relationships"alienation" resulted intoilsome work directed by

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    Re"e&ption Christ has )ree" us )ro&

    po*er o) sin+ reconcile" us*ith ,o" an" restore" us to'e )ully+ truly hu&an$ Our*or- .oins in His re"e&pti#

    purpose to re#erse thee))ects o) sin+ ushering His-ing"o& co&e+ His *ill 'e"one on earth as it is in

    hea#en$ Sa#e" to "o goo"in THIS *orl"

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    The heart is *hat

    *e use )or religion

    The 'rain is *hat

    *e use )or science

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    /hose /or- Is 0Spiritual12

    Hierarchy of Spiritual Jobs

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    Every Square Inch

    A'raha& 3uyper+ a .ournalist+ theologian+politician an" e"ucator says4 0There is not

    a square inch in the universe that Christ

    does not claim, This is mine!1 Theor"ship o) Christ e&'races all o) li)e$ Do

    all things )or the glory o) ,o"$ I) all li)e is

    the or"5s+ re)lect a'outyour area o)

    stu"y+ interest+ #ocation an" leisure$

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    Trans)or&ing Vision

    Laypeople in e#ery facet of

    life $ media, politics,"usiness, education andothers $ should "e ena"led

    to challenge the pre#ailingassumptions of society inlight of the gospel.

    Theology should not "ereser#ed for pastors andscholars only!

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