Catholic Theology Essay Highlights

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*Sense experiences/depth experiences: not limited by the empirical data-the really “real” is not necessarily able to be seen.

*Religious Experience (depth experience): Not just a sense experience, an experience that causes people to change, always touches on the “other” (the transcendent)-that which goes beyond our understanding (anything that we can come up with) (ie..who can really explain the sunset?).

*Orthopraxis (Right-practice): The process of doing the right things.

*Orthodoxy: Believing the right thing.

*Sacramental Approach: Sacraments use the world around us as a way/event in which we encounter God: The way we do that is being involved with life/experiences in this world-that we are able to reach God in the afterlife (ex:
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Scripture
          B. Tradition
     3. Culture: the culture in which a theologian works
     4. Reason: Heresy-“taking for oneself”, occurs when 1 factor is overemphasized

*Too much stress on experience leads to individualism.

*If all 4 aren’t balanced: we end up w/ heresy.

*Heretic: Someone who doesn’t accept a certain part of a faith.

*(Lane-viii) Question is not whether God exists; it is the question of how “God” fits in the roles of our lives.

*We can’t theologize w/out experience.

*Our best experiences are those that occur outside of the ordinary experience: Sense data-self involved.
     *If determined by language it is limited.

*We need to have a person encounter somebody/something else (interplay) so that experience happens.

*Union w/ God is not random, God choose you to experience.

*Theological Anthropology: Premises is on free will.

*Community: “The horizon of understanding”, without the base of community we don’t know what context to put our experiences in
     *Inherited wisdom     
     *Tradition

*We can’t meet God directly in the life.

*Private Revelations: Experiences of God that are only felt/experienced by one indiv.

*Indiv. Experiences have to be

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