Theology_Chapter Two

  1. Revelation
    Gods self communicating love mediated through creation, human experience, and salvation history, culminating in Christ and continuing into the present through the Holy Spirit
  2. According to Acquinas, what are the two books of revelation
    • the bible
    • nature
    • Gods creation shows us something about who we are

    Beauty of Creation -->Beauty of God--->Beauty of Ourselves

    God reveals through all people and events
  3. Salvation History

    old and new testament
    • Old Testament:
    • bible, before christ. history of israel, jewish
    • New Testament:
    • Moses
    • exodus event (led out of slavery in egypt to promise land)
    • Mt. Sinai: Moses receives 10 commandments
    • covenant - agreement with israel
  4. What are the 10 commandemnts

    how does Jesus Sum of the commandements
    an ethical guide to relate to God and neighbor

    Love of God and love of neighbor as self
  5. Faith v. Beliefs
    • Faith is our experience with God.
    • Beliefs are the expression of that relationship with God
    • When faith has been communited through public beliefs it builds a community of faith
  6. how to people share their experiences of god (faith)
    through words, stories, image, symbols, etc..
  7. explain why the faith revelation dynamic is an interlocking concept
    • Revelation cannot occur without faith
    • Faith allows for openness and response to god
    • you must receive and acknowledge God in order to say that the process of revelation has occurred
  8. What are the 3 reasons the quest for God continues through the ages
    • God is unattainable and indescribalbe
    • humans can never fully grasp or define the infinite reality of God

    • Human quest for something more can never be satisfied
    • human spirit will always hunger for greater meaning and deeper union with God

    • Human culture is constantly changing
    • When life circumstances change, new discoveries about God emerge
  9. Human faith
    an intense personal commitment that involves the whole person

    it is rooted in trust and freedom
  10. what is freedom
    • Precious gift
    • our capacity to create who we are as a person
    • capacity to create the person we will be for all eternity
  11. the process of Self actualization is
    the acheivement of :

    autonomy and communtion with others
  12. Autonomy
    desire to be independent and self sufficient

    • becoming an individual
    • discovering yourself, your talents and gifts
    • standing true to value
    • Self knowledge
  13. Communion with others
    • desire for belonging and connection
    • social being; relationall lives

    • capacity to form bonds of affection
    • give and receive love
    • ability to trust
  14. humans are driven by..
    their desire to find purpose and meaning in life

    faith is the  human capacity to believe the answer is out there to be disvoered
  15. what are limitations of human faith
    it is based on trust so it can be limited by hurtful experiences

    • hurt can cause us to feel unlovable and inferior
    • cause an inability to trust anyone, even God
  16. Fundamental Option
    the basic direction and underlying attitude that guides the important decisions in our life

    yes or no to Godself

    Yes: love openness, positivity, respect for self, God, others

    No: self destructive habits, no ambition, crime
  17. How would you distinguish between human faith and religios faith
    human faith is an intense personal commitment that involves the whole person. it is our capacity to create who we are as an individual

    • Religious faith is  a personal commitment to God
    • yes response to Gods presence and action in our life
  18. how do Religous and human faith interact with each other
    they are distinct but not separate

    human faith provides the structure in which religious faith can grow and develop

    you must have a sense of self esteem and trust in yourself and in others in order to have a relationship with an intangible God.

    there is unity in the love of God and love of neighbor as thyself. if you are blocking love, how can you accept God

    Our love of neighbor expresses our love of God
  19. Human knowledge v Religious faith
    • Faith is not knowledge
    • cannot prove the existence of God through empiracl evidence
    • we use our imagination / knowledge of this world to talk about God
  20. in what sense is revelation a universal phenomenon
    • Christ is God of all people
    • the spirit of God is present and active everywhere.
    • it cannont be confined by any of the world religions
  21. how would you account for the plurality of revelation in our world
    • all revelatin is historically mediated.
    • ones religioius belief is based on particular historical circumstances such as the people and events that take place.

    each religion is rooted in a unique experience of God
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Theology_Chapter Two
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