Reflection on the Lord's Prayer

I have described Christian theology as "the set of inferences constitutive of a proper reading of the story of Jesus Christ." Wrong inferences would be assumptions we make that mislead rather than guide our telling of Jesus' story. This exercise is a little exploration of what such a distortion might do to Christian storytelling.

Matthew's version of the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13) reads:

(9) "Pray then in this way: 'Our Father in heaven, let your name be held holy. (10) Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (11) Give us today our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors. (13) And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'"

Christological and Trinitarian doctrines describe the identity of Jesus Christ. A different doctrine imply that Jesus has a different identity. If a doctrine alters Jesus' identity, how does that alter the prayer's meaning?

Describe two Christological and/or Trinitarian heresies from Christian history (that is, two fundamentally defective accounts of Jesus relating to his humanity, divinity, personhood, and/or relations with the Father and the Spirit) described in lectures, McKim, and secondary readings (especially either McLaren chapters 1-4 and the other McLaren chapters we have read or the relevant chapters in Barth, Wilken, and Boyd and Eddy). Using these resources show how each heresy alters the meaning of the Lord's Prayer. Is each alteration such a fundamental distortion that the Church has been right to reject that interpretation as heretical?

You can read a sample of the way I would begin to answer this question in this chapter of the book I am writing on the Lord's Prayer.

Make your paper three pages, double-spaced. Focus on Harvey chapter 3. In other respects, 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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