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), but may also result from a combination of newness and relationship distance, because when parties are socially distant (for example, virtual team members or Internet transactional partners), they may not receive first-hand, verifiable information about the other for some time. Sociologically, almost every relationship begins with an initial phase, which can be characterized by uncertainty and doubt, and in which conflicting parties, for example look around for the right level of trust to accord the other. Literature Review Arising from the worrisome

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: Paulines Publication Africa, 2003. Bunge, Marcia. “The Dignity and Complexity of Children: Constructing Chris- tian Theologies of Childhood.” In Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World’s Religious Traditions, ed. Karen- Marie Yust, Aos- tre Johnson, Sandy Sasso and Eugene Roehlkepartain, 53- 68. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. Burn, John, and Colin Hart. The Crisis in Religious Education. London: The Edu- cational Research Trust, 1988. Burggraeve, Roger. Proximity with the Other: A Multidimensional Ethic of Re- sponsibility in

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the heart of this question of shared decision-making and subsidi- arity is the question of conscience formation, which can be a positive role for Church authority. Individuals can only be trusted to make informed decisions about their life, sexuality and relating, their expressions of faith, spirituality, prayer and involvement in the world if they have a developed conscience. Bishop Geof frey Robinson argues that “we grow, not by obey- ing certainties imposed on us, but by searching and struggling for truth and by taking responsibility for all we believe and

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reconstruction of an imagined past, it is total construction by the imagination of the author following a set of princi- ples. lndeed, the genre has now so strongly been codified by established modern authors, such as Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) and Robert E. Howard (Conan the Barbarian), that all contemporary authors must follow the traditional structure of fantasy worlds and creatures to create renewed stories. All these stories involve magic, creatures, thieves, warriors, druids and wizards. They deal with creatures on various quests meeting the extraordinary in

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power that may receive [every] form.” 20 For the Hasidim, what constitutes Ayin is a matter of one’s perspective or point of view. As we have seen, according to Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Lyadi, from an earthly perspective, “the tangible world seems to be Yesh and a thing, while spirituality, which is above, is an aspect of Ayin (nothingness),” but from the heavenly point of view, “the world is an aspect of Ayin…and is considered as nought truly as nothing and null.” 21 Creation Ex Nihilo By identifying Ein-Sof with “Nothingness” the Kabbalists were able to

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- Christian. 6.1. Presentation of the Central Components of the ITRE- Model and Their Relations The diagram summarizes the central components of the ITRE model as well as their relations. The central idea of the ITRE model is the transformative power of RE. Religious education, according to this model, is oriented towards the en- richment of the person as a developing human being in the world and in relation to God. For this reason, the wholeness of the human person is central. From the phenomenological perspective which strongly informs the approaches to RE that we

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’ This book does not deal with Ratzinger’s overall programme for the renewal of the Church and all that it consists of; instead, it focuses on one par- ticular fragment of this programme, i.e. the restoration and renewal of the Roman Catholic liturgy. There are many issues which, according to Ratzinger, are of a great importance for the renewal of the contemporary Catholic Church: the doctrine of original sin (forgotten by many, accord- ing to Ratzinger) and its implications for today’s relation between Church and world; the ‘dictatorship of relativism’ and the

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more anachronistic. Critical questions concerning the economy, the environment, immigra- tion, scientific research or security can only be managed on an interna- The Transformation of Politics 62 tional level, where we must learn how to act within a context of very different cultures and ways of life. In the contemporary world, we find ourselves faced with the often difficult task, when it is not tragic, of living with pluralism by tolerating conflicts. B. Impossible Neutrality The belief in neutrality is based on the assumption that we can lead our lives

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support the claim that we are evolving from a human to a transhuman world. 44 Transhumanism as a Futuristic Vision: The Interplay of Technology and Culture As a futuristic vision, transhumanism is rooted in the assumption that science and technology will enable humanity to transcend biological and physical limita- tions, be it stupidity, disease, pain, aging, or death. The transhumanist trust in technology has to be assessed in its proper cultural context, acknowledging the degree to which contemporary culture “seeks its authorization in technology, finds

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world today. This ‘fragmentization’ of the liturgy makes it impossible, according to him, to make an unequivocal evaluation of the contemporary situation. Before presenting Ratzinger’s opinion about the reformed liturgy of Paul VI and its local implementations, the post-conciliar reform of Paul VI needs to be placed in the historical and theological context of its time. Thus, in the first part of this chapter Ratzinger’s evaluation of the condition of the Catholic liturgy before the Second Vatican Council will be presented. Then his opinion on the Council