Paradigms, Past and Present

Norman Shawchuck – A paradigm is an upward view of God and an inward view of oneself.
A paradigm is an accepted norm in the way we think about and approach subjects.
A paradigm is an accepted norm for the way things are done.

Paradigm Shift

A paradigm shift is a change in thinking about and approaching subjects.
A paradigm shift is a change in the way of doing things.
World Dictionary – a paradigm shift is a radical change in underlying beliefs or theories.
Thomas Kuhn – “[a] series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions”, and in those revolutions “one conceptual world view is replaced by another”.

Past Paradigm Shift –
From the Old Testament to the New
The Agent of Change: John the Baptist (Matt. 3:1-12; Mark 1:2-8; Luke 3:2-18; John 1:15-36)
Vision of Change: Transformation of religious thought from empty ritual to self-reflection and realization. He challenged Israel in its hypocrisy.

Agents of Change:
the stagnation of Judaism
-social margins
-a gulf between religious leaders and the people
-a dissatisfaction with the status quo
-God idolized into stone-and-mortar and gold, the Temple and its rituals have become God and the building a marketplace
-talk about God and not talking to, for, or forth Him
-talk about what God did as if He were long-since dead
-God has been re-formed into a graven images
-political unrest
-the broken cry out to God
Point of the Paradigm Shift: Restoration of God’s Worldview

Present Paradigm Shift –
from Christendom to the New Paradigm
The Agent of Change: The Church (Eph. 2:1-10)
-flesh-and-blood, rather than brick-and-mortar; an organism, rather than an organization
-transformation of religious thought from empty ritual to self-reflection and realization
-challenges humanity in its hypocrisy

Agents of Change:
the stagnation of Christianity
-social margins
-a gulf between religious leaders and the people
-a dissatisfaction with the status quo
-Christ idolized into brick-and-mortar and money, the church and its rituals have replaced the Temple and the building a business
-talk about Christ and not talking to, for, or forth Him
-wonder “what would Jesus do” as if he were long-since dead
-Christ has been re-formed into our own images
-political unrest
-the broken cry out to God
Point of the Paradigm Shift: Restoration of God’s Worldview

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