[Blueboard] MA Thesis Defense of Tran Van Kiem, CMF

Theology and Ministry Program [LS] theomin.soh at ateneo.edu
Wed Nov 5 14:49:45 PHT 2014

The Theology and Ministry Program
of the School of Humanities
and Loyola School of Theology

invite everyone to the defense of the MA thesis entitled

"Jesus, The Son of God and Other Essays"

by Tran Van Kiem of the Claretian Missionaries

on December 6, 2014 (Saturday)
9:30 am, Tipanan ni San Ignacio
2/F Loyola School of Theology

Board of Examiners:

Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, F.S.P., Ph.D. (Principal Examiner)
Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D.
Fr. Hartono Budi, S.J., S.T.D.

Adviser: Markus Locker, Ph.D.

In his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, *Porta Fidei*, Pope Benedict
XVI declared a “Year of Faith” that began on that date and concluded on
November 24, 2013. The letter reads: “The Year of Faith is a summons to an
authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the
world” (*Porta
Fidei* 6).

Pope Benedict wrote that the purpose of the Year of Faith was to give a
fresh impetus to the mission of the whole Church in order to lead human
beings out of the spiritual wilderness in which they often find themselves
to a life with Christ that gives us life in fullness. This poses a
challenge to all Christians who lack an intimate knowledge of Christ: “How
can one have an encounter with Christ that leads one’s life into fullness
and at the same time forges a deeper relationship with him when one remains
largely ignorant about Him?” The issue here concerns knowing of Jesus’
identity and the very diverse views on who Jesus truly was. The book *Jesus
for Agnostics* by Angela Tilby, for example, claims that Jesus, the Son of
God, in the New Testament is more about a political and historical person
than a redeemer. This confusion calls for a new look at Jesus in the New

Doubtlessly, “Son of God” is the most significant Christological title in
the NT, which occurs more than 124 times. The question for those who
believe in Jesus, therefore, is: who is Jesus, who is called the Son of
God?” (Mk 8:27).

The following four essays, in various ways, attempt to answer the foregoing
question. The first essay tries to understand the meaning of “Son of God”
in Mark’s Gospel. The second essay does a short exegesis of the second part
of the Prologue of the Gospel of John (1:14-18) in which the Evangelist
depicts Jesus as truth and grace. The third essay discusses Jesus’ role for
Israel in John 5:19-30 as life-giver and judge. The last essay presents
Jesus, the Son of God, according to one Jesuit missionary in
seventeenth-century Vietnam, Alexander de Rhodes.

Theology and Ministry Program
School of Humanities, Loyola Schools
Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights,
1108 Quezon City
Tel (632) 426 6430 to 35 • Telefax (632) 426 5967 • theomin.soh at ateneo.edu
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