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Intro to Theology- Week 1 Notes

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Intro to Theology- Week 1 Notes THL-101-06

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These notes cover the first week of class. They include class notes (things written on board) and notes from the reading. Specifically, they cover the notes on how to read the Bible properly.
Intro to Theology
Dr. Switzer
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jonathan Notetaker on Sunday September 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to THL-101-06 at Spring Hill College taught by Dr. Switzer in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Intro to Theology in Theology at Spring Hill College.


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Date Created: 09/04/16
Interpretation -Hermeneutics= art of interpretation -Hermeneut= one that interprets or interpreter  Tools for interpretation -Religion -Philosophy -Culture Religion -> Theology -Theos= “God” -Logos= “word” ***Test Question= Theology is not intended to prove God’s existence but to show that our beliefs are reasonable - “God is found in Everything”- Saint Ignatius How to Read the Bible - Texts should be examined based on historical background, literary genre, structure, rhetoric, and themes - Church Fathers mentioned the Bible to be read with: Allegorical, literal, spiritual meanings o No one meaning is correct on its own - “sola sciptura”=only scripture- Catholics do not believe - “Word of God” o The Bible is a collection of writings that tells the story of God’s relationships with humans - Inspiration o Some claim the entire Bible is “inspired by god” o Truly, the Bible is a mixture of inspiration and human wisdom, which is why it is not all necessarily accurate - Inerrancy o Some believe the Bible is without error o Catholics teach that “inerrancy” means that the Bible does not lead to error but to a deeper relationship with God  Misinterpretations are what lead to people going astray - Mistakes? o There are multiple instances of duplicate stories and contradictions  This means that there were different authors and one should focus on teachings instead of details Makeup of the Bible - Magisterium= teaching authority of the Church - Canon= Books accepted as belonging in the authoritative collection of the Bible o Canonization=dependent on use, consensus of community - Creating the Bible o Stage 1= spoken word o Stage 2= retelling and interpretation o Stage 3= collection of various stories - Bible is “living text” o 2 forces at work  Variation, repetition, updating, and new creation  Canonization To look critically, look deeply not negatively


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