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Towards Perspective Transformation: Adopting Jesus’ Use of Questions in the Seminary.

Author: Lee Wanak
Date: August 1st, 2012
Key Words: Questions, Transformation, Pedagogy, Enculturated Consciousness.

Seminary education is often heavily laden with monological teaching approaches that encourage students to be passive learners who regurgitate lecture notes in examinations, and with little reflection on real life situations. As a result some students fail to experience a transformed consciousness. Jesus’ teaching style was different. Using thought-provoking questions, he sought to transform the assumptions of his hearers, replacing them with Kingdom principles. All humans imbibe an enculturated consciousness that becomes our grid-work for understanding life. Seminary education should challenge the way students look at their world and deepen a God-shaped consciousness. This article examines the kinds of questions Jesus asked to enable this process, and makes recommendations for developing a similar teaching style.


From Tending the Seedbeds: Educational Perspectives on Theological Education in Asia (pp. 285-306). (Editor: Allan Harkness; Manila: Asia Theological Association; 2010.) Permission to upload this chapter onto this site has been granted by the Asia Theological Association. Printed copies of the book can be purchased from the Asia Theological Association (Email: ataasia@gmail.com; Website: www.ataasia.com).


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