Reflection on Your Theological Identity

You have written a lot about and for others in my Fuller courses. Enough about them! Let's talk about you!

The eleven hundred years we have covered are less basically formative for our Christian characters than the first five centuries of the Christian era, but they are nevertheless extremely influential, often in ways we have not identified. At the same time, aspects of them can seem remote, repugnant, or dead. Sometimes the influential aspects and the discouraging aspects are the same. Learning history also awakens admiration and aspiration in us, prodding us to be more like our ancestors in the faith. Sometimes that is a return to an identity that was already ours, a recommitment to a heritage we had already embraced; other times it is a commitment to incorporate something new that had been lacking in us all along.

Who are you? Describe ways that you see yourself in the course material as a disciple and a leader. Be open to ways you may answer with gratitude, with repentance, resolution, and/or with hope. You may write in whatever genre you find most helpful and appropriate (a prayer? a confession? a testimony?). You may draw on any lectures and/or readings as needed, but you must draw on both the medieval and the reformation eras and on both primary and secondary sources.

Please keep your paper 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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