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Deacon Kharmawlong Graduates as Bachelor of Theology

 
 


31 May 2016, STS – Jerusalem
By: Richard Mulenga, M. Afr.

On the morning of the 31 May 2016, the feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Deacon Clarence Kharmawlong defended his theses "God became man so that man could become the son of God” (Athanasius).  The incarnation reveals the Holy Trinity's project of eternal love for humanity and in Christ manifests the model of a new human being.”  On the examining panel was Rev. Fr. Biju Michael, Principal of the of the Studium Theologicum Salesianum Jerusalem campus, Professor Fr. Giovanni Caputa and Rev Fr. Eric Wyckoff.  After a wonderful introduction and presentation of the Deacon by the Principal, Deacon Clarence led us in a prayer from the Epistle to the Hebrews, which he had used as inspiration for his thesis. Thereafter, the Deacon had some ten minutes to present the summary of his thesis, which he did in a comprehensive way.

Prof Rev. Fr. Caputa Deacon Clarence’s tutor gave an appreciative and critical review of the work done by Deacon Clarence.  Prof. Caputa asked on what response could be posed to answer the critical situation of dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and Christians and Jews. In response Deacon Clarence showed the different faith backgrounds for each of the three religions and expounded on the theological visions of Exclusivism, Inclusivism and Pluralism and its consequences.

The reader Rev. Fr. Eric Wyckoff appreciated the work and also gave critical remarks to help improve the work. After giving his view on the thesis, Prof. Eric Wyckoff asked two questions which were well answered by Deacon Clarence.  The principal, Fr. Biju Michael, also showed support with an appreciation of the work and he also asked some questions. One question was, "How is Christ seen as a model in the human practice of virtues?"  Impressively, the Deacon answered very well and duly graduated as a Bachelor of Theology.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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