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REVISION PRESENTATION. How religious upbringing in a Catholic family and community can lead to or support belief in God; The nature of religious experience for Catholics, as seen in the numinous, conversion, miracles, prayer , and how these may lead to or support belief in God. C1 part 1.

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REVISION PRESENTATION

How religious upbringing in a Catholic family and community can lead to or support belief in God;

The nature of religious experience for Catholics, as seen in the numinous, conversion, miracles, prayer, and how these may lead to or support belief in God.

C1 part 1



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At HOME - carers .....

  • pray with you

  • teach you Catholic values

  • tell you Bible stories

  • take you to church

All of these encourage a belief in God -

a God you can talk to and who

looks after you.


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At CHURCH - children .....

  • are baptised

  • hear Bible stories

  • sing hymns

  • become part of a faith community

All of these encourage a belief in God -

a God you can talk to and who

looks after you.


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At a CATHOLIC SCHOOL - pupils .....

  • pray each day

  • learn Catholic values in R.E.

  • attend religious Assemblies

  • see holy pictures

All of these encourage a belief in God -

a God you can talk to and who

looks after you.



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NUMINOUS

The feeling of awe and wonder when

you look at the mountains

you see the stars

you enter a great Cathedral.

Such feelings encourage a belief in an omnipotent God!


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CONVERSION

when someone’s life is turned around by faith

when someone feels they must give their life to God

Such experiences encourage a belief in a loving God!


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MIRACLES

Something which seems to break a law of science and makes you think only God could have done it.

e.g. a healing

Mark 6

Such experiences encourage a belief in an omnipotent God!


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PRAYER

  • A belief that God listens to and answers your prayers.

    e.g. if you pray for a loved one to be cured of cancer and she is, you may think your prayers have been answered

  • N.B.Christians believe that God does answer prayers and“Sometimes the answer is ‘no’” (Cardinal Basil Hume)

Such experiences encourage a belief in a benevolent God!


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C1 part 2

  • How the appearance of the world (design and causation) may lead to or support belief in God;

  • How the search for meaning and purpose in life may lead to or support belief in God;

  • How the presence of religion in the world may lead to or support belief in God.


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WILLIAM PALEY'S THEORY OF DESIGN

Consider a WATCH

It is so complicated it must have been designed.

It must have had a DESIGNER.

Consider the UNIVERSE

It is so complicated it must have been designed.

It must have had a DESIGNER.

That DESIGNER is what Christians call GOD!


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THOMAS AQUINAS' THEORY OF CAUSATION

Everything is caused by something

The universe exists

Therefore the universe must have been caused by someone or something.

This First Cause is what Christians call God.


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MEANING and PURPOSE in life

In the midst of so much suffering, we all need a purpose in life

For many people, God provides that purpose

Faith in God has motivated many great men and women.


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The PRESENCE of RELIGION

  • The common features of most religions involve:

  • God as Creator

  • You can pray to God

  • There are moral rules to keep

  • Miracles and visions do happen

Billions of people have a faith. Can they all be wrong?


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C1 part 3

How non-religious explanations of the world and of miracles may lead to or support agnosticism or atheism

How unanswered prayers and the existence of evil and suffering (including moral evil and natural evil) may lead people to question or reject belief in God.


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x

Not

answered

can lead to

ATHEISM or AGNOSTICISM!


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Some people would say ...

These arguments lead to

ATHEISM or AGNOSTICISM!

Science is more convincing at explaining miracles than religion!

The Gospels exaggerated miracle stories to encourage belief - the stories of primitive people

People who think God has helped them - have just used God as a psychological crutch

Non-religious explanations of miracles


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Some people would say ...

These arguments lead to

ATHEISM or AGNOSTICISM!

Science is more convincing at explaining the world than religion!

The Big Bang theory is more convincing than Genesis

There is plenty of evidence of evolution so Genesis must be wrong

Non-religious explanations of the world


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!!!!! REMEMBER !!!!!

The Bible is

NOT a Science textbook

a book of FAITH!

NOT a History textbook


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NATURAL EVIL

MORAL EVIL

The DEVIL

The existence of

evil and suffering

leads to difficult questions

The problem of Evil


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IF GOD IS ...

WHY ...

These arguments lead to

ATHEISM or AGNOSTICISM!

benevolent ....

does he allow suffering?

does he not overcome evil and end suffering?

omnipotent ...

omniscient ...

does he not stop the next tragedy?

If God is …


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IF GOD IS ...

WHY ...

These arguments lead to

ATHEISM or AGNOSTICISM!

our Father

does he not answer all our prayers?

our Creator

did he create things like cancer or Siamese twins?

If God is …


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C1 part 4

How Catholics respond to the problem of evil and suffering.


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Suffering is caused by humans exercising FREE WILL

Evil and suffering is the result of THE FALL

Suffering is a kind of TEST

It is only through pain that weDEVELOP as human beings.

EXPLANATIONS


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Praying for those who suffer

Accepting their own suffering as Jesus accepted his

Realising that suffering can bring people closer to God

Reaching out to those who suffer (like Jesus reached out to the leper - Mark 1)

Standing up & speaking out against those who do evil and cause suffering

HOW CATHOLICS RESPOND