*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
2. Revelation: God making himself known through scripture, continuance through tradition-tries to recognize the ongoing belief in God
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
*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...