Theological Anthropology and Mission, or, my old MA Thesis

I have mixed feelings about publishing this paper. Academically it is somewhat sloppy and needs additional sources and so on. But on the other hand it has a certain sincerity and passion which my later works lack. I am grateful to Fr George Montague of St Mary’s for his work with me on this, and his willingness to entertain a more missiological than academic paper. So I share this with you all more as a curio than anything else. The research paper was submitted to the faculty of St Mary’s University (San Antonio, Texas) towards the completion of the degree of MA in Theology.

Abstract: A missiological essay on theological anthropology, seeking to balance aspects of the human being and the sacramental, charismatic and evangelical Christian traditions. The author argues that balancing these three traditions corresponds to balancing the body, spirit, and mind of the human being, and that this balance is essential to the success of the Church as it engages its mission in the world.
Key Words: evangelicalism, charismatic Christianity, sacramentality, theological anthropology, mission.

Citation: Miller Botero, Duane Alexander. ‘The Lights we have Kindled’. Unpublished research paper. (San Antonio, Texas: St Mary’s University, 2005.)

Get the PDF here. The essay is also available here.


Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I live in Madrid now where I teach and minister. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. I am associate professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid (UEBE) and priest at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog ( or page for more information.

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