The relationship between God and humans that results in a body of beliefs and a set of practices; creed, cult & code,
Expresses itself in worship & service to God and be extension to all people and all creation.
a vice contrary to the virtue of religion that directs us away from what we owe to God in justice.
An indifference to religion and a belief that religion should be excluded from civil affairs and public education.
Religions that believe there is only one God. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are three great monotheistic world religions.
Religions that believe in the existence of many gods and goddesses.
A person who denies the existence of God.
The belief that God's existence cannot be known.
The way God communicates knowledge of himself to humankind, a self-communication realized by his actions and words over time, most fully by his sending us his divine Son, Jesus Christ.
An attribute of God that he is everywhere, unlimited, and all-powerful.
The story of God's saving action in human history.
A binding and solemn agreement between human beings or between God and people, holding each to a particular course of action.
The living transmission of the Church's gospel messages found in the Church's teaching, life, and worship. It's faithfully preserved handed down, and interpreted by the Church's Magisterium.
The written record of Divine Revelation found in the books of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The official teaching authority of the Church. The Lord bestowed the right & power to teach in his name on Peter and the Apostles and their successors.
The Magisterium is the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the bishop of Rome.
The surgical removal of the make foreskin; it was the physical sign of the covenant between God and Abraham.
The word prophet is from the Greek, meaning "one who speaks before others." God entrusted the Hebrew prophets with delivering the divine message to rulers and the people.
Most of them were unpopular in their own day. Their style was poetic and memorable. Most of their prophecies were written only at a later time.
Deposit of Faith
The heritage of faith contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, handed on in the Church from the time of the Apostles, from which the Magisterium draws all that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed.
A gift from God; one of the three theological virtues. Faith refers to personal knowledge of God; assent of the mind to truths God has revealed, made with the help of his grace.
and on the authority and trust worthiness of his revealing them; the truths themselves (the content of faith); and the lived witness of a Christian life (living faith).
Firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith.
Three important virtues bestowed on us at baptism which relate us to God: faith (belief in and personal knowledge of God) hope (trust in God's salvation and his bestowal of the graces needed to attain it) and charity (love of God and love of neighbor as one loves oneself).
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas developed five precepts that prove the existence of God.
Our hearts is restless until it rests in you.
Jesus Christ is God's fullest, complete, and final Revelation. He is the only Son of the Father; he is God himself.
A practical judgement of reason that helps a person decide the goodness or sinfulness of an action or attitude. It's the subjective norm of morality we must form properly and then follow.
A central truth of Revelation that Catholics are obliged to believe.
The sin of disobedience committed by Adam and Eve that resulted in their loss of original holiness and justice and their becoming subject to sin and death.
Original Sin also describes the fallen state of human nature into which all generations of people are born. Christ Jesus came to save us from Original Sin. (and all sin.)
The first apostle and the "rock" on which Christ later built his Church. He was the first pope and was crucified around 64 AD upside down.