Theo Exam #1 9/6

What is the nature of Theology?

To explore and appropriate faith in how it relates to ourselves, communities, environments, and society in general

Define Theology

An effort to articulate the structure and dynamic of faith

What are the two purposes of Theology?


Distinguish Faith, Theology, Doctrine


Development of doctrine and practice is integral to a community's life


The Challenge in development


Four Resources for Catholic Heritage and the most important according to Hellwig?

-The Bible
-The teachings of the councils, bishops, and papacy
-The life of the communities of believers (Hellwig finds most important because communities create formulations that maintain the heritage of Christianity

The classic argument for the existence of God on this basis of causality is fundamentally flawed because....

We cannot say that something (life) is an effect if we do not know the cause

Explain how the presence to self in presence to another AS other involves reach, transcendence, to, a lived relationship with, the Mystery of God


Does this analysis (of the relation to MOG through transcendence) presuppose the abstract principle of causality?


Is God objectifiable?

No. Things are only objectifiable when you can transcend them and we cannot transcend another realm of reality like holy other

Explain: God is known is in all our knowing

We can only have knowing through the transcendence, transcendence is a feature of the MOG and thus God is known in all knowing

Does the designation of God as the "goal" of the human spirit mean that we are in relation to God only at some future date?


Can we separate the two dimensions of our knowing, knowledge of worldly realities and the transcendence to God?

-No. Knowledge may be influenced by one's relation to God
-one's knowledge is the result of transcendence to God, so it's hard to make a distinction

Empirical science is a confession about God in this sense:

Empirical science is a confession about God b/c scientists take the empirically identifiable as knowable and we cannot know the MOG

Our primary knowledge of God takes place as a dimension within our knowledge of the world. Explain:

The recognition of objects, and thus the construction of knowledge, is the result of a reach to and by the transcendence of MOG

The analysis that captures the qualitative difference between God and the world from the outset. Explain:

God is separate from the world because we cannot transcend him, he is qualitatively different as a holy other

What is the distinction between original and subsequent knowledge of God?

Our original knowledge of God is the experience of God through transcendence, our subsequent knowledge of God is naming of him as "God

Explain how free choice involves 1) Construction of a value system 2) Self-definition 3) World-definition

Choices are driven by:
-A value system because our heart-sets enable us to choose what we think is best
-Self-Definition because when we have a value system, we do our best to align ourselves with those ideals
-World-definition because our construction of

Choice is irrational? Subrational?

Choices are subrational because they are driven by the dynamic of a mindset and heart set (cannot be rationalized) through the construction of a value system, self-definition, and world-definition

Why is the expression "mind-set" inadequate?

Our mind-set enable us to flesh out options for choices, our heart-set is the representation of our value systems, SD, & WD, and is the source of our values and wills

What is meant by, what is involved in, "Conversion


In what two ways is freedom theistic?

-When you make a choice you are dealing with God's creation
-Freedom is dynamic and only possible because of our transcendence of objects

Why does Augustine say that sin is a darkened image of omnipotence?

-Because sin involves the willing of a world apart from that which God wills
-In this dynamic, sinners "play God

The analysis that indicates that we are built in relation to God in and through inner worldly experiences: that analysis indicates that we relate to God by choice. Explain:


Why is Satan not just apart from God but in a hellish state?

Because Satan is a sinner he wills a world contrasting the world which God wills, thus Satan lives in the hellish state that he wills

Personal reality is unfigurable because

People are dynamic and unfigurable because they are free: Freedom is an interaction between the mind-set and heart-set, a dynamic that is unfigurable

Accepting the distinction between different kinds of knowing, mystery and faith might require a conversion because:


Creation by God means that creatures are totally dependent on God because:

God constructs out world and allows us to transcend objects and have reverence for others, thus the creation of our being is theistic

Dependence on God is directly proportional to freedom because

God gives us being and the transcendence to God gives us knowing which renders us free, thus freedom is entirely dependent on God

What is the challenge in knowledge of the MG that gives rise to negative theory?


What is meant by the "second naivete" in knowledge of God?

Our knowledge and descriptions of God are strictly through metaphors but they cannot be taken literally, they must be applied by analogy through negation

When we use "good" of God, we mean:

Other worldly god that we cannot know because of our infinit qualitative difference from God, only God can know his goodness

Explain the notion "Anonymous theism":

-Atheists are anonymously theistic because the exists (knowledge & transcendence) and have reverence for other people and thus reverence for God because the human is constantly in relation to the MG

What is the rejection to "anonymous theism"?

Who are you to tell me that I am inherently theistic? I know myself and what I believe.

What is the response to the rejection of "anonymous theism?

The response is classified as an apology: The theist is not calling the atheist theistic to impose on them, but rather a defense of faith to themselves and communities of believers to comprehend how someone can "be" and have reverence for people and NOT b

Is creation an event in the past?

No. Creation is a consistent dynamic between man and the MOG because being is constantly changing and occurring through love

Creation is an act of love, explain the analysis behind this preposition:

-Creation is an act of love because it is unnecessary but motivated