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Theology Notes Wk 1

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Theology Notes Wk 1 THEO-230

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These notes are from Week 1 of Intro to Theology with Skip Jenkins, covering the chapter in our textbook on "Faith". Class notes will be posted next week, along with notes on the PRP reading!
Introduction to Theology
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Date Created: 09/02/16
Intro to Theology Week 1 Chapter 1: FAITH - There are multiple aspects of the word “faith”. THEME: “trusting in God”; example: abraham’s calling + crowds surrounding Jesus to hear him speak - In the 18th and 19th centuries (in western culture), people “believed that anything worth believing could be proved”. For this reason, a good deal of writers were critical of “faith in God” because they said that His existence could not be proven. - Throughout time, other philosophers began to point out that this demand for proof was illogical, even beyond a faith standpoint. - “some things can indeed by proved; but some, by their very nature, lie beyond proof. God is one of these.” (pg 2) “CAN GOD’S EXISTENCE BE PROVED?” There are three main human viewpoints on proof of God: 1. “the existence of God is something that reason cannot prove conclusively” 2. “reasons may be put forward for suggesting that God exists; these do not… count as ‘proofs’ in the sense of… conclusive scientific experiments’” 3. “faith is about trust in God, rather than just agreeing that God exists” (pg 3) Thomas Aquinas // theologian from the middle ages born: Italy occupation: writer, teacher famous for: summa theologiae & summa contra gentiles (the subject of summa contra gentiles if the “rationality of the christian faith”) Thomas Aquinas’ “five ways” - “five lines of argument in support of the existence of God” THEME: “the world mirrors God” - “the analogy of being” 1. the world is constantly in motion 2. every aspect of the planet is dependent on other aspects 3. “the universe thus depends on something else for its existence for as long as it has existed” everything is relative (“more” or “less” is determined by what they are in 4. comparison to [ aquinasFiveWays.htm] 5. (“the theological argument”) all things appear to be created with a purpose WHAT IS THE USEFULNESS OF THESE PROOFS? - A large portion of these points are subjective in that a myriad of philosophers have been arguing over the topics for years. Valid, if contradictory, arguments are constantly being brought up. Blaise Pascal // (1623-62) had two retorts to the arguments being made: 1) he believed that the “God” which was the outcome of such principles was two ambiguous & vague in comparison to the very real, active God of the Bible. Basically, he believes that human thinking conformed to its own simplistic ideas too much when trying to figure out God’s makeup, in such a way that the points proved irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. 2) he recognized that God cannot be realized in His full form through human reasoning. He says that human emotion, among other factors, must be involved (because that is how we were created). We were put into being by a God whose wisdom and knowledge goes beyond the universe, so how are we to fully come to terms with the way morality works? In short, Pascal’s view is that the arguments are somewhat of a moot point because God’s being is beyond the scope of human intellectualism regardless. - “the existence of God is not something that can be proved. Equally, it is not something that can be disproved.” PASCAL: the belief that God should not be (and cannot be) contained in one school of analytical though, because there are so many other factors involved in His existence, and in humankind’s decision to follow Him (or to not). Pope John Paul II (Karol Josef Wojtyla) // (1920-2005) - “faith and reason can work together” - believes that human beings are in a constant pursuit of truth - “can reason alone lead humanity to truth?” - believes that human intuition alone cannot reveal entire truth without a little help. John Polkinghorne (1930) occupation: theoretical physicist - believed that people wanted to piece together a view of christianity with available evidence (evidence-based faith) - science & creation - “not conclusive… highly suggestive” Faith & God’s Promises Martin Luther - believed that faith is “fundamentally truth” - “fiducia (latin) - confidence” 1. “faith is not simply historical knowledge” 2. “faith as trust” 3. “faith unites the believer with Christ” - believed that faith’s “foundation” is more important than the “intensity” Faith & Doubt: the Problem of Suffering “human nature is a potentiality - something that emerges” John Hick // (1922) - believed that evil exists because without it, there would be no decision between “good & evil”, and without that decision, half of the Bible’s urges for us to choose would be moot. Alvin Plantiga // (1932) - “deeply rooted in the christian tradition” - draws on some themes from Augustine of Hippo - “free will is morally important” - “if human beings were forced to do nothing but good, that would represent a denial of human free will” - “God must bring into being the best possible world that he is able to do” - “this means that God is not responsible if human beings choose to do evil. God is operating under self-imposed constraints that mean he will not compel human beings to do good.”


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