Ensure essay is 2500 words.
Ensure APA Referencing (include reference list at the end of the essay, not part of word limit).
Reference a minimum of 8 readings (provided in the additional files).
Using the Readings provided below which have been downloaded and provided in the additional files, address only ONE of these questions:
- “The study of Jesus Christ, who he is, what he said and did, is vital for Christian faith. This is so for three reasons: Jesus reveals who God is, who we are and what the Church is all about” (Fachtna McCarthy, “Jesus, the Christ”, in Anne Hession and Patricia Kieran (eds). Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition, Dublin: Veritas, 2007, p. 101). Elaborate how your study of Jesus Christ illuminates who God is, who Christians are, and what the Church is to be.
- “The Church exists to point to what happens when God draws near, what Jesus calls the Kingdom. As such the Church exists to continue the reconciling work of Christ by reconciling humanity to God, and men and women to each other. Jesus leaves his disciples with enormous freedom to realise this work. This inevitably leads to choices, decisions and so at times disagreements and tensions.” (David McLoughlin, “The Church, a Community of Disciples”, in Anne Hession and Patricia Kieran (eds). Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition, Dublin: Veritas, 2007, p. 128). In the light of your experience and reading, analyse the view of the Church presented in this quotation and offer a critical understanding of the nature and mission of the Church in the 21st century.