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Perspectives in Catholic Theology

Lawrence S. Cunningham

in Teaching the Tradition

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795307
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795307.003.0004
Perspectives in Catholic Theology

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A Catholic college or university needs a robust department of theology to reflect critically on the truth proclaimed by Jesus Christ as it is guarded and promulgated by the Church. Theology looks to two books: the Bible and the universe. Because God made the universe, human beings learn about God by studying the universe, which is done in various academic disciplines. The author sees theology as three “seekings”: faith seeking understanding, faith seeking social justice, and faith seeking holiness. Each of these is important and related to the other two. From earliest times baptismal candidates were asked to affirm their belief in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth; Jesus Christ, God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit and the Church. The name “Jesus Christ” roots Jesus in history and also affirms his divine status. He is also the only Son of God, which indicates that there are not multiple incarnations. Every good thought, deed, and object created by human hands come from the Spirit. The Church is an inclusive community, reaching out to all peoples and nations. Ultimately the Church wants students—all students—to become saints.

Keywords: theology; integration; Bible; creation; understanding; social justice; holiness; Trinity; Church

Chapter.  7781 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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