In his lecture, Dr. William Spohn, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, states that the Christian way of life is grounded in the story of Israel and the gospel narratives of Jesus. Scripture offers more than norms for right action. More radically, it calls for a transformation of who we are: our characters, families and communities. The story of Jesus appeals to our imaginations and hearts to become disciples of Jesus in our time and place. Parables, beatitudes, "hard sayings," the experience of the first disciples and the cross and resurrection of Jesus all play a role in shaping this way of life. Christians are called to discern ways of living and acting that are faithful to the gospel accounts but also creative in meeting the novel challenges of contemporary America and the world at large. At the end of the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells the lawyer to "Go and do likewise." He did not say, "Go and do exactly the same thing." Nor did he say, "Go and do whatever you want." The task of Christians is to move imaginatively from the biblical stories so they can "do likewise." This lecture was originally released on October 27, 2001 as part of a STEP (Satellite Theological Education program) videoconference series of Notre Dame.
Media ID: 51227
Length: 60 Min.
Publisher: University of Notre Dame
Level: A

Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult