Introduction to Theology - Section One Notes

Introduction to Theology - Section One Notes - THEOLOGY...

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THEOLOGY NOTES SECTION ONE Dogmatism is folly  push boundaries of culture Iconoclast- Destroyer of images Liberalism Progression with history due to technological advances Theories of Novelty 2. Dialectic – The process of moving forward: Newton, “I am but a dwarf, standing on the shoulders of giants.” [Believed he only added his idea to the progression of past thinkers] Nuance Change something to make your own Thesis  Antithesis 1. Great Man Theory Secular; popular belief in Eastern culture: Opposite of religious; nuclear theory of religion (we can be apart) Skeptics: Nothing can be known with certainty Gilkey: “No ideology has monopoly on truth”; “The best way to judge in ideology is in its ability to self critique”; “There is no faith without doubt”; “All of reality is based upon perceptions of power and authority” [Believed religions job was to expand cultural boundary of meaning] Two Types of Thinkers: 1. Imperial: Logical or deductive thought Aristotle (Father of western science) 2. Speculative: Learning through your senses Socrates and Plato (more often right) Picasso: “Every act of creation, ends with an act of destruction” Chardin: “Highest form of human being is having a personality” Agnostic – Doubt God, doubt ability to determine (without knowledge of God) Literal Theology – Study of God language Classical Theology – Faith seeking understanding Monolatry – From Egyptians: “worship of one God over others” Pantheism – Idea everything is God Deism – God separate from creation; F=MA arose in enlightenment; key to unlocking all systems Monism – General belief in western culture; everything is one Reductionism – Idea if we break down to small pieces, you’ll understand; only one right way (dominant belief in western culture) Transcendent – Above, away (western religions) - Christianity - Islam - Judaism Immanent – Existing or operating within (eastern religions) - Buddhism - Hinduism Atheism- Denial of God Solipsistic – You create reality as you go along Fundamentalist – Stop questioning due to belief in having prior knowledge Tertullian: “I believe because it is absurd” Anachronistic – Out of place
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Myth – Story trying to understand a deeper ineffable truth/body of truth Public dream Fatalism – Inescapable destiny Heidegger: “All we are is been towards death” Emanuel Conte: “Experience without concept is blind” (Father of modern philosophy) Paul Tillich – “Anywhere you can find truth, that is God” (20 th century German philosopher) Mulluer: “Language is the autobiography of the human mind” (Religion is the disease of language; no way to avoid religion) Ineffable – Unspoken truth Idolatry – Worshipping false gods - Nationalism: Ignore anything painful about country - Patriotism: Love of country Ideology – Set of ideas Camon: “Crushing truths perish by being acknowledged” Alfred North Whitehead: “All of western history is but footnotes on Plato” Subject/Object Dualism: Subject:
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