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Mission as Transfiguration: Commemorating the Second Vatican Council

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The text provides an epistemological reading of Matthew’s transfiguration account looking at the transformation of the epistemic situations of the three disciples. Transfiguration has been identified as a key to mission making three claims: (i) Mission is an invitation and a commitment to the transfiguration of the Church and the World; (ii) mission happens through people who have experienced the transfiguration of Christ; (iii) mission is an invitation to allow people to experience the transfiguration of Christ. In the transfiguration story four types of knowledge are distinguished: directed knowledge, demonstrative knowledge, overwritten knowledge, redefining knowledge. These four types of knoweldge have a relevance for mission; they can also be linked to key concerns of the Second Vatican Council, namely, as normativity of the local, a 2nd person perspective, institutional humility, and a commitment to the transformative power of the weak.

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