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Introduction. Dr. Robert Imperato Saint Leo University. Emphases. Theological Mystical Institutional. Emphases. This course gives greater emphasis to the theological first, then to the mystical, over the institutional element in Catholic tradition. Humans. Course Overview.

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Introduction

Dr. Robert Imperato

Saint Leo University


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Emphases

  • Theological

  • Mystical

  • Institutional


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Emphases

  • This course gives greater emphasis to the theological first, then to the mystical, over the institutional element in Catholic tradition


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Humans

Course Overview

  • This course begins within human experience of yearning for happiness or desire for truth and goodness. It moves toward God’s reaching “down” to the human level

Openness to God


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Humans

Ascent

  • Human striving for truth and goodness is symbolized by an ascending movement.This same ascent occurs in the cosmos as more advanced species follow simpler ones.

Human Nature

Cosmos


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Humans

Toward Higher Consciousness

  • Sketching the world’s ascent toward higher consciousness takes us to the writing of Teilhard de Chardin. He was both a religious thinker and a scientist who combined Christianity and evolution.

Human Nature

Cosmos


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Humans

Granting Natural Openness Toward God — What Does Christianity Offer?

  • If people have a natural openness toward God, what distinguishes Christianity from other religions?

Christianity and world religions?

Human Nature

Cosmos


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Humans

Relationships Among Religions

  • What is the relationship between Christianity and World religions?

  • Are religions competitors?

  • Are they partners in a common project?

Christianity and world religions?

Human Nature

Cosmos


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Humans

Relationships Among Religions

  • To acknowledge the presence and action of God outside of Christianity does not mean that all religions are the same. Different religions have different insights and developments.

Christianity and world religions?

Christian

emphases:

Human Nature

Cosmos


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Humans

Christian Emphases

  • Christian teaching focuses on God as personal and the human person as image of God.

  • Christians also believe God has interpreted Himself in words.

Christianity and world religions?

Person

Word

Christian

emphases:

Human Nature

Cosmos


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God

Humans

God’s Reaching Out to Humans = Revelation

Christianity and world religions?

Christian emphases:

Person

Word

Human Nature

Cosmos


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God

Humans

Revelation = God’s Self- interpretation in Words

Revelation

Christianity and world religions?

Christian emphases:

Person

Word

Human Nature

Cosmos


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God

Humans

God’s Self-interpretation Includes Jesus as Well as Words

Jesus: Object of Revelation

Revelation

Christianity and world religions?

Christian emphases:

Person

Word

Human Nature

Cosmos


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God

Humans

The Main Function of the Church is to communicate Jesus and What God has Revealed

Church: Vehicle of Revelation

Jesus: Object of Revelation

Revelation

Christianity and world religions?

Christian emphases:

Person

Word

Human Nature

Cosmos


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Openness to God in Human Nature

  • Grasping some good leads to desire for some other good

  • Human will seeks what is good

  • No limited good satisfies completely


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Tendency to Go Beyond

  • Human intellect seeks truth

  • Obtaining any answer leads to more questions

  • No finite truth satisfies completely


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Interpretations of Tendency to Go Beyond

  • Tendency of the will to go beyond all limited good things and of the intellect to go beyond all limited truths (answers) admits of two interpretations

    • Humans are made for frustration

    • Humans are made for infinite truth and goodness which are descriptions of God


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Do Humans Make Sense?

  • Interpretation #1 — tendency to go beyond is an endless series of disenchantments

    • Suggests we are looking for what does not exist, since our dissatisfaction keeps recurring despite our best efforts


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Is Human Restlessnessa Pointer?

  • Interpretation #2 — our unlimited capacity to raise new questions and our unlimited capacity to go beyond what we grasp, are pointers to our openness to what is unlimited — namely, God


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God as End of Human Restlessness

  • God language is an interpretation of human striving that makes sense out of human nature

  • Unlimited openness in humans is the image of Infinite God in human nature


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