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Lusch Introductory Theology Final Exam Concepts
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What three major religions are monotheistic?
Islam, Judaism, and Christanity
What does it mean that the three Divine Persons of the Trinity are united?
Each person in the Trinity is fully God. God is contained in each of them. Each Person in the Trinity is engaged in the work of our salvation and acts to create us in love, redeem us, and make us holy.
What does it mean that they are distinct?
They are distinct in their origins and in how they go about the work of our salvation (know the specifics of this.)
What four reasons does the Catechism give us for the Incarnation?
The four reasons for the Incarnation are to save us by reconciling us with God, to share divine love with us, to show us how to be holy, and to enable us to share in God's divine nature. Jesus fulfilled each of these throughout his work and during his time on earth.
What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? (You don't need to memorize, just recognize.)
- Wonder and Awe/Fear of the Lord
- Right Judgement/Counsel
What were the two main types of heresies about Jesus in the early church?
One type of Christological heresy stated that Jesus was a creature higher than humans but less than God (not fully divine.) Another type questioned his humanity. The Nicene Creed put these heresies to rest by stating our belief that Jesus is both fully human and fully divine.
Why do we use the title "Mother of God" to refer to Mary?
Because she is the mother of Jesus, who is God. She is "Theotokos," or "God-bearer."
In what ways can the Trinity be a model for human relationships?
The Trinity is a dynamic trio of Persons who live together in love and unity. They endlessly reach out with grace, compassion, and mercy to all humanity. We are called to love within our communities and to reach out to others with grace, compassion, and mercy.
Throughout history humans have been seeking God. Why do we have that inborn tendency?
We have this inborn tendency because God has planted in our hearts the desire for him. We have been created to love God and to be in communion with him. St. Augustine said, "You have made us for yourself, Oh God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you."
What is salvation history?
The pattern of specific salvific events in human history that reveal God's presence and saving actions. Salvation history is recorded in Scripture.
What sources of information can assure us that God really exists?
Sacred Scripture is one source of information in which we can assure God truly exists. The Scripture was written by the disciples through the Holy Spirit and therefore is a reliable source to witness God. Other believers are another source of information to assure us God really exists. Other believers such as martyrs and saints have lived faith filled lives because they believed in God. They challenge us to consider our own doubts. Reason and conscience are other sources of information given to us by God so that we are able to explore and question our faith further.
What is theodicy?
Human attempts to answer the question that if God is all powerful and good, how can there be so much suffering in the world?
What are the key elements of the Catholic approach to theodicy?
Catholics believe all natural disasters are not punishment from God or sign of his divine anger, but rather they are simply parts of nature. Humans continue to commit sins because God created us with free will. God understands our suffering because God experienced suffering as a human person, and is always with us. We have hope in the Paschal Mystery.
What is significant about Christianity's being rooted In Judaism?
Jesus is Jewish. Our religion comes out of Judaism.
Name two primary ways that the Church passes on Revelation and explain how these ways are related.
Scripture and capital T tradition
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