From Deformed and Malformed to Conformed (or, Why Teach?)

The goal of conformity to the likeness of Christ then is a second and clear answer to the question, “Why teach?” But we need to recognize that such a process does not begin with persons who are simply unformed. It begins, rather, with persons who are deformed or malformed. Therefore, the ministry of formation must involve serious attention to these deformities, the tragic malformation in the lives of those we serve (and in our own selves as ministers of the Gospel).

—Gary Parrett and Steve Kang, Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church (p. 54).

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