Exploring Catholicism Midterm 1

Exploring Catholicism Midterm 1 - TH 023.04 08 EXPLORING...

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Harvey D. Egan, S.J. MIDTERM EXAMINATION (20% of final grade): Friday, October 14, 2005. 1. How is King Solomon depicted in I Kings 3:3-14 and how did God bless him? Solomon loved the Lord, and humbly asked him for a standing mind to govern the people, and to be able to discern from good and evil. God blessed him because he didn’t ask for long life or riches, etc. –God blessed him by saying he will be the greatest king. 2. Why and how did God punish Israel according to 2 Kings 17:1-23? The people of Israel had worshiped other gods and walked in the customs of the nations whom the lord drove out before the people of Israel. They built towers, made sacrifices to idols, and worshiped the claves and pole. God exiled them. 3. Why does King David bless God and what does he request in I Chronicles 29:1- 19? David made an offering to God, then his people did as well. He asks for God to grant Solomon, with a single mind he may keep the commandments and built the temple. 4. What does God promise Solomon and what does God say about the temple Solomon built? 2 Chronicles 7:1-18. God promises he will listen to the prayers of his people. God chose the temple to be a place of offering. 5. What was the great sin of the exiles and how did they make amends? (Ezra 10:1- 5, 44) They broke faith with God and married foreign women from the peoples of the land. The people who had married foreign women were sent away. 6. Why did Ezra praise God and how is God described in Nehemiah 9:6-25? Ezra praises God for seeing the distress of the ancestors in Egypt. God saved them. God is described as being merciful. 7. Why did we begin this course with the section, "the mystery of existence?" Christianity is live. The best of Catholicism gets at human beings. Wanted to place Catholicism in wide context by placing class in modern ideas. 8. What is an ideology and why did I refuse to define Christianity as one? An ideology is a set of doctrines or beliefs. Christianity is a way of life and offers an answer to the mystery of existence and the question of what we live and are.
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9. What are ultimate questions and why do we ask them? It is natural for humans to question the meaning of life because we live and we are ultimate questions. What does it mean to live? What is a truly good life? 10. Why are these questions so frequently ignored? We’re busy. Tendency to avoid such questions because they seem too abstract; if serious, takes time and sometimes answers may require change. People don’t like change. 11. What are some "existential triggers" that impel us to raise ultimate questions? They cause the ultimate questions to come up because of failure, disappointments, illness, and death. 12. Define: polytheism, henotheism, monotheism.
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