As I read Capstone, their are three main theological motifs (as emphasized in appendixes 1-10):
- The Kingdom of God in relationship to the Church and the World (George Ladd, Harold Snyder).
- The Bible is One Story featuring King Jesus (Susan de Dietrich*Appendix 5, Norm Geisler, Chris Wright, John Stott).
- Sacred Roots. An emphasis on the Great Tradition, especially on the nature of our Triune God as emphasized in the Nicene Creed. A move away from sectarianism towards the Great Tradition (Robert Webber).
These three themes are emphasized in Capstone's four subject areas:
- The Kingdom (Theology and Ethics)
- The Church (Christian Ministry)
- The World (Urban Mission)
- Christ the King (Biblical Studies)
Do you have any comments on this? Am I missing anything major here. (fyi I was missing... the Kingdom, Church, World, God/Christ emphasis for my first two years of teaching Capstone... confessions of a real life Capstone Mentor.)
Your analyses of Capstone is clear and accurate, although I think that we have tended to argue for this in different ways, and would not be so inclined to group things as you did below. Your three motifs, for our purpose and history, can be better understood, too, in a more narratival, historical way.
An easy way to understand our fundamental vision (not just Capstone) is to comprehend our activity as our efforts to be faithful to the Apostolic Tradition (authoritatively summarized in textual form in the Scriptures), which testifies to and focuses on the sovereign purpose of the Triune God revealed in creation, the history of Israel and climaxing in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth. He is the central core and theme in the single, cosmic, and unfolding drama which the Bible bears witness. The Church, God's ordained agent of the Kingdom promise and witness to Christ in the world, has sought to be faithful to that drama in its worship and theology, summarized in the teachings and practices of the Great Tradition, the ancient expression of Christian thought and practice which outlines the faith that has once for all been delivered to the saints. Informed by that core of faith which has always been believed everywhere and by all, we defend historic Christian faith informed by a Nicene creedal theology which we strive to express in vital Christian community in the city, and our curricula purpose is to create resources which seek to train leaders who are informed and transformed by the truth (as expressed in the Great Tradition, underwritten by the Scriptures) for the advance of the Kingdom.
In the dry theological language of the schools, this has been our heartbeat from the beginning. Capstone and our other resources are shaped by this vision. like your summaries and critiques; they are quite helpful to see how our cooks handle our menus!