Applying the Framework: Looking at Specific Work-Clusters

Posted October 22, 2012 by jgaive
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This is a workshop designed for specific ares of work, e.g. business, medicine, architecture/town planning, information technology. law etc. bringing together different kinds of practictioner within that area to examine how a Christian framework can be applied.  It assumes that those participating have attended either in person or through distance learning the courses on a Christian Worldview and a Christian Working Philosophy

A.  Three workshop exercises:

  1. Individuals over time – the participants trace the  lifeline of  the institution or social entity within which they work
  2. Relations over time – they look at the way different kinds of relation are opened up over the course of 1.
  3. Individuals in relation at a given time – they look at the range of different relationships within which their area of work situates them, and then ‘triangulate’ those relationships. i.e. they look at the whole web of relationships involved.

B.  Where do we go from here?  Reflect on the opening up of the different kinds of responsiblity and our Christian stewardship as God’s image bearers in the creative task.

A Framework for Life: Elements of a Working Christian Philosophy

Posted September 18, 2012 by jgaive
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A.  Some distinctions

  1.  Direction (the heart) and Structure — the religious core and the framework of experience
  2.  Intuitive knowledge – the knowledge of experience as a whole
  3.  Conceptual knowledge – different ways of being and knowing the laws/norms which govern them

B. Presuppositions of a Christian Philosophy

  1. The Idea of Origin grounded in the work of the Father
  2. The Idea of Coherence grounded in the work of the Son
  3. The Idea of Providence grounded in the work of the Holy Spirit

C. The basic elements of being and knowledge

  1. Individuals – different ways of functioning – the use of metaphor
  2. Relations – different kinds of relations–  the use of analogy
  3. Time – different aspects of time – the use of example

See this:

and this:

Humanity where are you? Introduction to a Christian Worldview

Posted September 18, 2012 by jgaive
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Please watch the video below

  1. Rationalism — the dominance of universal reason
  2. Individualism — the dominance of individuality
  3. Historicism  — the dominance of ‘my’ or ‘our’ story

B.  A Christian Worldview

  1. The Trinitarian covenantal basis –  alternative to either seeing God as pure intellect or God as pure will (not addressed in the video).
  2. The covenants of creation, redemption and transformation —  the work of Father, Son and Holy Spirit distinctively and together.
  3. Humanity as created in God’s image, fallen, redeemed and made holy —  the heart as central to who we are before God.

Aim and Objectives

Posted September 18, 2012 by jgaive
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Aim: To promote a comprehesive Christian vision and philosophy for the whole of life


1.   To develop and put on courses either locally or at guest venues.

2.  To host speakers and courses from like-minded organisations.

3.  To provide consultancy and strategic advice.


Posted September 18, 2012 by jgaive
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Welcome to the South East England School of Christian Studies. This is an embryonic organisation inspired by the call by the great Dutch Christian leader Abraham Kuyper, and his vision of the Lordship of Christ over all of life.

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1. ‘Humanity where are you? Introduction to a Christian Worldview’ and

2. ‘A Framework for Life: Elements of a Working Christian Philosophy’

3. ”Applying the Framework: Looking at Specific Work-Clusters’. Depending on demand, it is also planned to provide workshops for those in specific areas of work to help Christians to reflect on a distinctive Christian approach to their discipline, profession or practice: ‘

4. Christian Peacebuilding: Theory and Practice

5. Vocational workshops allowing Christians to reflect systematically on the way God is calling each of us  in all walks of life — either to help those attending them to reflect on their current situation or to explore new directions.

In due course these can also be made available as distance learning modules.

This project is at an experimental stage to gauge interest and to stimulate further development.  To find out more, please contact Jeremy Ive

(The design of the burning bush on the heading and in the web icon is by Frances Hawken)