Catholic Theology Essay Highlights

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*Sense experiences/depth experiences: not limited by the empirical data-the really "real" is not necessarily able to be seen.

*Religious Experience (depth experience): Not just a sense experience, an experience that causes people to change, always touches on the "other" (the transcendent)-that which goes beyond our understanding (anything that we can come up with) (ie..who can really explain the sunset?).

*Orthopraxis (Right-practice): The process of doing the right things.

*Orthodoxy: Believing the right thing.

*Sacramental Approach: Sacraments use the world around us as a way/event in which we encounter God: The way we do that is being involved with life/experiences in this world-that we are able to reach God in the afterlife (ex: eating is a way of being joined w/ God).

*The things of this world matter-it becomes the way we reach God on the road to reaching eternal happiness (meeting God).

*Foundation Theology/Fundamental Theology: Explains what theology is all about.

*Theology: "Faith seeking understanding" – we need faith 1st before understanding can be reached.

*Determining the "cannon" (cannon of scripture): list of writings that adequately express the faith of the community.

*Apacal Writings: didn't make it onto the list (cannon) because they didn't adequately express what the community expressed as far as their understanding of faith.

C.Rahner: Sees theology as the science/study of faith (it has excepted way of doing things).
*Theology has a special subject matter: the act & content of faith
*Act: what it means to be a believer/a person of faith
*Also sees faith as the goal of theology
*We have to have faith 1st (it's a gift given to us by God)

*Theology doesn't assume faith, it produces it. Theology is a practical science, it impels us to put what we know into action-practice what you preach.

*Christian faith is a community based function, not an individual function.

*Revelation: The historical passing over/on of beliefs (the interpretation of faith).

*Catholic Theology: Lives build on faith in God who has been mediated to human beings through Jesus Christ.

*Formative Factors in Theology (Macquarrie): where we get our theology from
1. Experience
2. Revelation: God making himself known through scripture, continuance through tradition-tries to recognize the ongoing belief in God
A. Scripture
B. Tradition
3. Culture: the culture in which a theologian works
4. Reason: Heresy-"taking for oneself", occurs when 1 factor is overemphasized

*Too much stress on experience leads to individualism.

*If all 4 aren't balanced: we end up w/ heresy.

*Heretic: Someone who doesn't accept a certain part of a faith.

*(Lane-viii) Question is not whether God exists; it is the question of how "God" fits in the roles of our lives.

*We can't theologize w/out experience.

*Our best experiences are those that occur outside of the ordinary experience: Sense data-self involved.
*If determined by language it is limited.

*We need to have a person encounter somebody/something else (interplay) so that experience happens.

*Union w/ God is not random, God choose you to experience.

*Theological Anthropology: Premises is on free will.

*Community: "The horizon of understanding", without the base of community we don't know what context to put our experiences in
*Inherited wisdom
*Tradition

*We can't meet God directly in the life.

*Private Revelations: Experiences of God that are only felt/experienced by one indiv.

*Indiv. Experiences have to be tried/tested against the corporate/community in order to be true.

*Revelation has "closed", new things will not be learned about God, but we are learning new ways about how the church is involved/ how we witness the world (the result of our ongoing appreciation of God).

*God is co-present in our lives. As we are experiencing things, God is there experiencing w/ us (co-pilot). That's why we have...
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