theo 2 - Theology Theos Logos Not = religious studies...

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Theology Theos + Logos Not = religious studies Requires faith commitment or empathy Arises from and is often expressive of a religious tradition Critical (rational dimension) Ad extra – apologetics Anselm – “Theology is faith seeking understanding” Faith as prior and foundational (see slide on Faith)
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Faith Traditionally faith is seen as act and content As act faith is primarily the act of entrustment of oneself to God Some theologians extend this to an act of trustworthiness in reality – Hans Küng Act as content tends to focus on what one believes Up to recently Catholics have focused more on act as content and Protestants on act as act. Some issues – faith, natural or supernatural; faith and reason
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Joseph Raztinger on Faith Thus faith is the finding of a “You” that bears me up and amid all the unfulfilled – and in the last resort unfulfillable – hope of human encounters gives me the promise of indestructible love which not only longs for eternity but guarantees it. Christian faith lives on the discovery that not only is there such a thing as objective meaning , but that this meaning knows me and loves me, I can entrust myself to it like the child that knows all its questions answered in the “You” of its mother. Thus in the last analysis believing, trusting and loving are one, and all the theses round which belief revolve are only concrete expressions of the all-embracing about-turn, of the assertion “I believe in You” – of the discovery of God in the countenance of the man Jesus of Nazareth.”
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Theology as possible? Even for the believer , theology as a use of understanding is problematic or deemed not possible (faith v. reason) If Faith is blind obedience, theology per se is not possible; For some it is dangerous or not permitted to question or use human reason (It is absurd, so I believe); ‘Object’ of faith is God; can one have a direct, immediate experience of God? God is at ‘second-level’ reflection; Epistemological integrity (world of fact v opinion); fact = empirical = true; the rest is opinion =feeling = pre- or non-rational. If Theology is about how one feels (feeling) and thus at the level of opinion; Theology as opinion has no intellectual standing – one opinion is as good as another.. But this is an invalid though popular epistemology. Personal and historical bad experience that discredits theology – theodicy
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Theodicy Contemporary picture of Lisbon earthquake, Nov 1 st 1775
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Theology from above…from below Where does one begin theology from? The importance of starting points (method) Theology from above begins with God/Particular Revelation, the Bible, the supernatural Theology from below begins with Universal Revelation, creation, the natural, humanity Both have different models of Revelation
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Revelation Revelation in short is knowledge of God; It has been portrayed in two modes (Particular and Universal)
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