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Unit 1 Lesson 1-4 & 6 in Divyabodhanam Book 4 "Thinking about God: An Introduction to Christian Theology."

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Bk4 unit1-a

  1. 1. Thinking About God Book 4 Unit 1. Lesson 1-4, 6
  2. 2. Purpose • A General Introduction to the field of theology • An attempt to think rationally about faith • Prayerful attempt to think about faith in Holy Trinity
  3. 3. UNIT I - Introduction to the Study of Theology
  4. 4. Lesson 1 Terms • Can we study God as a subject? • Theo = God and Logia = Word. Greek • Mysteries of God (1 Cor 2:7) • Goal = perfection. Acquiring the image and likeness of God. Not mere observance of certain principles of morality. • “ousia” = real essence; “energia” = his ways of working. • Transcendence & immanence
  5. 5. Lesson 2 - Theology – Historical Analysis • St. John the Evangelist and St. Gregory of Nazianzus called Theologian • True Theologian is one who witnesses the Lord. • Christian Theology evolved out of attempting to explain the Faith in Risen Lord – Salvation – Christology (Christ as God and Man) – End of the World – Trinity • What are the modern questions related to our faith in Risen Lord?
  6. 6. Lesson 3 Study of Theology – Principles and Sources • Catechism in the Early Church (Baptism) • Response to the surrounding Greek, Roman cultures • Apostolic Fathers – St. Clement of Rome, St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp … • Apologists - defenders of the Faith, Justin Martyr, etc. • Source – H. Bible, Writings of Early Fathers, Liturgy, Creed, H. Synods, etc. • Paradosis – “Handed down” – 2 Thess 2:15; 1 Cor. 11:2; 2 Thess 3:6;
  7. 7. Lesson 4 – Terms, Symbols and Holy Sacraments • “knowledge” limited by senses • Worship is an opportunity for “ecstatic experience” of God. Beyond the 5 senses. • Symbols can represent the unutterable realities. For example the mystery of redemption is symbolized in cross. • Mysteries (i.e sacraments – medium of communion ) & we can speak of a “Liturgical Theology” • See: “West Syrian Liturgical Theology” by Fr B. Varghese . • http://books.google.com/books?id=ymJtCxzIvSkC& printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
  8. 8. Lesson 6 – Reason, Revelation, Interpretation • Limit of human reason • We can only know God because God has chosen to reveal himself to us. • (Why is the H Bible Important in this regard?) • Interpreting the revelation that we have received is a task of theology. • Theology is a means and not an ends • Evagrius – “The one who has purity in prayer is true theologian, and the one who is true theologian has purity in prayer.” • To lead us to the Father in the H. Spirit.

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