The class im taking is Discover-Develop christ-like and the book for this class is "After You Believe" Why Christian Matters by N.T. Wright..This paper is to be a reflection paper based on the readings(of the book above) and the understanding of some of the questions that i will list below that you can write a reflection on to compose this relection paper…question #1 is:1.Do you think it is important to keep God a constant presence in your thinking? Why? Question #23.N.T. Wright says that Paulâ€™s logic of the renewed mind belongs in the discourse of Christian virtue ethics but such logic cannot be reduced to either a deontological….. ethic or a utilitarian ethic . If we consider deontological ethics to be duty-centered and utilitarian ethics to be the resultant happiness of the majority [see the following chart], then how does Wright see Colossians 3 as critical to the formation of a Christ-like character? Explain your view of how â€œthings aboveâ€ should affect â€œthings on earthâ€ in the development of your own Christian character.Wright goes on to say that in the modern Western world that mind has become detached. â€œâ€™Thoughtâ€™ and â€˜reasonâ€™ seem to have been placed on the side, in a private world for â€˜intellectualsâ€™ and â€˜academics.â€™ . . . we often speak of our thoughts as if they were feelings: in a meeting, to be polite, we might say, â€˜I feel thatâ€™s wrong,â€™ because it sounds less confrontational than saying, â€˜I think thatâ€™s wrong.â€™ . . . we allow feelings to replace thought.â€  The replacement of logical reasoning with feelings seems to have caused us to replace virtue ethics with the spontaneity ethic of â€œif it feels rightâ€”do what your heart tells youâ€”how can it be wrong?â€ Given the above comments, explain how the sacrificing of our feelings can be a character builder. And then explain how character is formed by the conscious formation of logical/reasoned choices that eventually become Christ-like habits.
Deontological Ethic Utilitarian Ethic
Rule determines the result Result determines the rule
Rule is the basis of the act Result is the basis of the act
Rule is good regardless of the result Rule is good because of result
….question # 3:Read N.T. Wright After You Believe Chapter Six, pp. 181-218, â€œ3 Virtues, 9 Varieties of Fruit, and 1 Body…reflect on this..I know that you sont have this book, however mybe yhu can pull some of these topics on the internet that is talked about in this book…Question#4 a. Review
i. the â€œDevotionalâ€”Inverting the Moral Codeâ€
ii. Philippians 2:1-11 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians 2:1-11&version=NIRV
iii. Chapter Six, section five pp. 107-212, â€œ3 Virtues, 9 Varieties of Fruit, and 1 Bodyâ€
iv. the article "Jesus Christ vs. Ayn Rand"
v. the articles "Christian Character Traits", "Fruit of the Holy Spirit" and "The Fruit of the Holy Spirit"
b. Discuss how our author would compare and contrast the philosophy of Ayn Rand and what Paul says in Philippians 2.
c. Using the articles in point v. along with a fresh reading of Galatians 5:22-23 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians 5:22-23&version=NIRV develop your own commentary/study on the fruit of the Spirit. This study should be broken into three parts of three aspects [of the different "fruit(s)"].
The fruit – Not fruits plural but fruit singular (in Greek). One fruit manifest by 9 spiritual attitudes. Fruit in the singular also underscores the unity of the 9 spiritual attitudes, and emphasizes that all work together to produce a Christ like believer, our Lord Jesus Christ being the perfect manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit. Paul does not say fruits, as though portions of fruit might be present in the believer and other portions might not. Instead, the sense of wholeness and unity in will be manifest in the one born of God. By contrast the deeds of the flesh are plural, and they hardly represent unity, nor do they produce unity but only produce strife between men…Just try and reflect on as much of this material that you can…