• April 25th, 2016

Is Jesus Really the Son of God?

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  1. What is theology? Although the church believes that God has graciously revealed truths to us, both about himself and his creation, this does not mean that we understand completely what has been disclosed. As Pope St. John Paul II says: “it should … be kept in mind that Revelation remains charged with mystery” (Fides et Ratio, 13). The task of theology is to use reason to deepen our understanding of what God has revealed. Pope St. John Paul II describes Theology in this way: “Theology is structured as an understanding of faith in the light of a twofold methodological principle: the auditus fidei and the intellectus fidei. With the first, theology makes its own the content of Revelation as this has been gradually expounded in Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Church’s living Magisterium. With the second, theology seeks to respond through speculative enquiry to the specific demands of disciplined thought” (Fides et Ratio, 65). b. You must complete the assignment by following the method produced above by Pope St. John Paul II. c. The essay will begin with the first methodological principle: a hearing of Revelation (auditus fidei). d. Step one is to choose a revealed truth (angels) e. Step two is to show where this truth is found in Scripture, Tradition, or the Church’s magisterial teaching. A student should cite at least one authoritative source of Church teaching, such as an official catechism, a document of an ecumenical council, or a papal encyclical. f. Once the data of revelation has been established, the assignment progress to the next methodological principle: a theological consideration of the teaching (intellectus fidei) g. Step three is to formulate a question which expresses clearly what about the teaching is puzzling. h. Step four is to present the position of a theologian or theologians who have addressed this issue. Does any theologian have insight which can help to resolve what is puzzling? i. Step five is to give an analysis. A student must analyze the issue based on what has been discovered, expressing the precise nature of any difficulty with the teaching and what possibilities for a solution have emerged, if any. What seems clearer after the study? What still seems unresolved? j. Writing conventions, including footnotes and bibliography, should follow Chicago (turabian) style. Please remember that footnotes or bibliographical references from Internet sources must adhere to the proper conventions. k. A minimum of three sources of Catholic teaching should be cited or quoted in the essay. Catholic teaching can be found in Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and/or Magisterial teaching. Some Magisterial teaching of the Church must be included, whether this teaching is found in an official Catechism (e.g. the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Documents of the Second Vatican Council), or a teaching in an authoritative papal document, such as an encyclical (e.g. Fides et Ratio) l. A minimum of two theological sources should be cited or quoted. Keep in mind that the purpose of the essay is to seek a deeper insight into Revelation using reason, but any insight should be in harmony with the church’s understanding of Revelation. Please look for theological sources appropriate for this achieving this goal. Theologians who have been recognized by the Church, such as Doctors of the Church or saints are reliable sources. You can also safely use theologians who have submitted their writings for the judgment of the Church prior to publication and received an imprimatur. (This designated is usually found at the beginning of a theological book.) If you are using sources lacking such Church approval, try your best to find authors who are known for their respect for Church teaching and their desire to advance understanding of Revelation in agreement with this teaching. m. Please note that I am not Catholic I’m a Muslim n. You may add more sources o. I will upload a paper example of what it should look like

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