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The «Pauline» Spirit World in Eph 3:10 in the Context of Igbo World View

A Psychological-Hermeneutical Appraisal


John C. Madubuko

Eph 3:10 (Principalities and Authorities in the Heavenly Places) articulates the related cluster of terms that express the «Pauline» spirit world in Ephesians’. Through a psychological-hermeneutical study, this book contributes to provide a theologically-founded response to the immense challenges the spirit world apprehensions among the Igbo (Africans), pose to true discipleship in these settings. Identifying the strongly influential role played here by the Igbo traditional religion/world view(s) and the foundation of these biblical terms in the attempts at Weltbewältigung, the book highlights how proper appreciation of the Christological paraenetics of Eph enhances critical consciousness and cognitive reconstruction towards mature faith and societal betterment.
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Chapter Two: Pauline Cosmic Theology


2.0 Cosmic Theology

A person’s perception of the world, with all the influences that contribute to, and condition it, determines to a great extent, if not definitively, one’s understanding, interpretation of, and relation to it. Man has almost always perceived himself as a being whose origin must be sought outside of himself. The term “creature” captures this self-understanding of man. It makes necessarily inevitable the place of a creator – God –, from, and to whom creation and creatures have their origin and goal. Man’s bid to understand himself and his world has its centre and goal in the relationship to this being. Theology, as the science that is about God, talks about God in His relation to the world, to the cosmos, so that theology and cosmology become closely related. The history of religions perspectives, especially as seen in the Homer-Hesiod attempts, and subsequently buttressed by philosophical developments that ensued, evidenced the beginnings of the ‘theologisation of myths’187 and subsequently, the “theologisation” of the cosmos or cosmic understandings. A comparison of their various understandings of the cosmos had theological implications especially with the dualism of the dichotomy of spheres – heaven, earth and the vacuous in-between that needed to be responded to.188 It is this development, which central point became that “God be all in all”, that we refer to here as cosmic theology. From this perspective, a cosmological trend would be decipherable in Pauline thought as well. This we term his cosmic theology.

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