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Understanding Faith and Spirituality: The Origin, the Epistemic, and the Conduct

  • Orlando Nang Kwok Ho
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Abstract

When Paul authors The Epistle, helping and uplifting Roman learners and teachers in their grasp about faith and spirituality (Rom 1:11–12) obviously is on his curricular agenda. The teaching of spirituality in The Epistle is twofold. One is that the mainstream beliefs of the Greco-Roman world, unlike those of the contemporary world, recognised the fact that humans are beings with souls. Paul’s learners needed to know how the spirit might be freed or purified (cf. Rom 1:21 and 14:22). In this sense, spirituality and morality are blended. They are two sides of the same coin. The second aspect of the education is the question of what exactly is it that should be freed. Morality is more on the performance side. Spirituality is more the inward condition of the “inner human”, a term Paul uses in Rom 7:22, τὸν ἔσω ἄνθρωπον. This chapter will, on the whole, concentrate on the first aspect. Thus this chapter will focus first on a pedagogic reading Rom 4 and Rom 5. The second aspect will be dealt with in the next chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Orlando Nang Kwok Ho
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  1. 1.The Chartered Institute of LinguistsLondonUK

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