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affirms existence of one god


affirms exsistence of many gods/goddesses


affirms exsistence of an impersonal god


denies existence of god


neither denies nor affirms the exsistence of a personal god


affirms existence of a personal god


way of perceiving God in our human experience


clear articulation of specific information; requires submission to ideas. We accept what we cannot prove. (Nicene Creed)

infallable statements

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"


absolute belief
ex: Trinity


prayerfully consider and make a choice as to how to incorporate that in your life
ex: justifiable war


to incorperate others into your behaviors [within 2 generations]

deposit of faith

sacred scripture + sacred Tradition


the teaching, worship, and sanctifying body of the Catholic Church


made by Jesus and passed on his teachings

bishops has a direct line to....

apostolic line "go out and do my teachings"

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.

faith journey

ongoing, unpacking the mysteries of God

mystery (Greek)


Divine Revelation

God unveiling or showing God's one self

Divine Inspiration

God inspiring someone to write the Bible

Deposit of faith

1. sacred scripture (Bible)
2. sacred Tradition

faith results in....


What are the 10 concepts of the Nicene Creed?

1. Trinity
2. Virgin Birth
3. Passion of Christ
4. Ressurection
5. Ascension
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
*Learned behaviors
*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 are two types of adult stage?

1. Early adult stage
2. Mature adult stage

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?

teachings of the Church that are handed down

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"
Catholic: "universal"
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

What is a creed?

an exact statement of beliefs

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