[Blueboard] PhD Dissertation Defense of Sr. MARIA SOCORRO T. BACANI, F.M.A. (Philippines) on April 24, 2017

Theology and Ministry Program [LS] theomin.soh at ateneo.edu
Fri Apr 7 11:13:48 PHT 2017

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The Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities invites you
to the oral defense of the Ph.D. Dissertation entitled "Imagination as a
Method in Teaching Christian Doctrine” by Sr. Maria Socorro T. Bacani,
F.M.A. on April 24, 2017 (Monday), 3:00 pm, at the Tipanan ni San Ignacio,
Second Floor Loyola School of Theology.  The Board of Examiners is composed
of Fr. Johnny Go, S.J., Ed.D. (Principal Examiner), Fr. Ronald Bagley,
C.J.M., D.Min., Fr. James Kroeger, M.M., D.Miss., and Dr. Patricia Lambino.
The Thesis Adviser is Dr. Maria Lucia Natividad. The defense is being held
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of
Philosophy in Theology with field of specialization in Religious
Education.  It is open to the public.

*Abstract.  Imagination is fundamental to the Christian faith in that it
involves seeing the spiritual reality through material reality. Religious
education aims at leading the students towards an ever-deepening and loving
knowledge of Jesus Christ as the visible image of the invisible God, a
selfless service of one’s neighbour, and an authentic sacramental prayer
and worship “in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).  To achieve this,
religious education needs a methodology that helps the students discern
God’s revelation in Christ written in Scripture, attested by Church
Tradition, and reflected on in human experience. Imagination as a method in
teaching Christian doctrine means three things. First, it is an essential
element in real human knowing, and, consequently, an indispensable aspect
in the process of teaching and learning.  Second, both divine revelation
and the graced human response of faith are mediated by an imaginative
language articulated in Scriptures, Church tradition, and human experience.
It is on the level of the imagination that the encounter of the divine and
human in this world is possible.  Lastly, imagination fosters a real grasp
of doctrines as saving truths and their actual integration in life.*


Theology and Ministry Program <http://www.ateneo.edu/ls/soh/tmp>
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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Journal of Loyola School of Theology and the Theology and Ministry Program
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