clear articulation of specific information; requires submission to ideas. We accept what we cannot prove. (Nicene Creed)
the Church, in its wisdom, is not wrong in matters of faith. (may not be questioned) 2: Vatican I "Mary ever virgin" & Pope Pius XII "Mary was assumed into heaven body and soul"
prayerfully consider and make a choice as to how to incorporate that in your life
ex: justifiable war
What are the faith levels?
mind: conscious, process of faith
heart: subconscious, sense of God, joy/sadness
soul: sanctuary; divine and human came together and we know that God calls and we answer.
What are the 10 concepts of the Nicene Creed?
2. Virgin Birth
3. Passion of Christ
6. Last Judgement
7. Catholic Church
8. Communion of Saints
9. Forgiveness of Sin
10. Eternal Life
What are some characteristics of the Childhood Stage?
*Faith of your parents
*All needs taken care of
*Selfish faith - my needs met in prayer
*God can fix anything
*Behavior is regulated from the outside - in
*Parents teach the child and then they learn to regulate themselves
*Faith by birth
*Culture influences beliefs
*Develop responsibility (progresses with time)
What are some characteristics of Adolescent Stage?
*dont understand death
*Struggle for identity
*faith clarity, widens horizens, deepens faith commitment
What happens in the early adult stage?
1. risks i can afford to take
2. risks i cant afford to take
3. risks i must take
4. risks i cant afford not to take
What happens in the mature adult stage?
* understands meaning of life and relationship with God
* you are your faith
* move to conventional faiths
* pass on faith
* ritual becomes important
What is tradition?
things that help you get in touch with God
ex: christmas tree, nativity scene, easter eggs, easter bunny, advent wreath/ candles, white smoke when new pope is elected
What are the marks of the Church
holy: "of God"
apostolic: started by Jesus and passed to his apostles
What is a cult and its charisteristics?
an organized group which adopts behavior to control individual beliefs.
• headed by ONE charismatic leader.
• Beliefs: negative, extreme, false
• Live in an unconventional manner