What is the role of reason in my spiritual life?

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Dr. Filipe Maia about what part our God-given ability to think plays in our discipleship.
In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Dr. Filipe Maia about what part our God-given ability to think plays in our discipleship.

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We sometimes hear faith and reason presented as opposites, as if we have to choose one over the other. But life is far more integrated than that. God has given us the gift of reason as a tool for our lives of discipleship. How should we use it?

Let’s chat with Professor Filipe Maia about how United Methodists are called to use our God-given ability for reason to help us grow in our faith.Filipe Maia is Assistant Professor of Theology at Boston University School of Theology where he teaches in the fields of liberation theologies and philosophical theology. Photo courtesy Filipe Maia.

Guest: Professor Filipe Maia

Filipe Maia is Assistant Professor of Theology at Boston University School of Theology where he teaches in the fields of liberation theologies and philosophical theology. He was raised in a Methodist household in Brazil and has been living in the United States with his wife Juliana since 2009.


Host: Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj

Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj is a retired clergy member of the New York Annual Conference who has also served in Bombay and Illinois Great Rivers Conferences. Photo courtesy Connectional Table.Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj is a retired clergy member of the New York Annual Conference. He has also served in Bombay and Illinois Great Rivers Conferences.

Dharmaraj has lived in various cultural settings, has been involved in interfaith relations and is actively engaged in global mission. He has written over a dozen books and numerous articles in the areas of Christian mission and interfaith relations. He writes regularly commentary in The Vision, New York Annual Conference’s monthly news magazine. Dharmaraj has served the church-at-large in various capacities including teaching, lecturing, conducting workshops and has served as a consultant both in academic and church settings. He has traveled extensively and worked with both United Methodist Church and ecumenical partners from around the world. He is passionate about world Christianity at work through mutuality in mission engagement.

Dharmaraj holds a Ph.D. in Theology of Mission, an M.A. in Political Science and Public Administration. He has also earned an M.Div, S.T.M and Th.M. degrees in Biblical Languages and Mission Theology.