Faith – being ultimately concerned about whatever absorbs our heart, mind, energies - a universal experience
Faith means committing ourselves totally We are willing to risk our whole being. Abraham Sara
Faith is a gift of God (especially in St. Paul) God makes the first move (nature, music, a person you meet) Faith is our response to Gods invitation
FAITH: involves whole persons love and loyalty (with risk and uncertainty) –from the heart BELIEFS: doctrines, facts, intellectual dimension of faith – from the head THEOLOGY: faith seeking understanding
Cultural Christianity Whole nations were Catholic People sometimes belong to a church for social reasons Other reasons: Karl Rahner says in the future only people who are really committed will be Christian.
Faith isnt really lost – it just stops influencing our lives Loss of faith may also be disillusionment with a form of faith that is no longer adequate
Scientific Historical Truth contained in poetry, story, drama e.g. Hamlet Genesis - deep truths of Gods generativity and care Parables of Jesus
Faith is a lived truth (active, it changes) Faith is being or relating to God and others Meeting Jesus is a transforming experience Gustavo Gutierrez Liberation Theology To know God is to do justice.
1) Intuitive-Projective (ages 2-7) concrete images of ultimate realities
2) Mythic-Literal (ages 7-12) literal meaning; black and white thinking
3) Synthetic-Conventional (ages 12-20 (?)) pulls together different awarenesses relational morality based on outside authority
4) Individuative-Reflective (ages20-27(?)) more personal, more reflective responsible for own choice of religion, and certain faith community
5) Conjunctive Faith (ages 35(?) to ever?) shown by integrated experiences of self, society, and ultimate reality not either-or thinking but seeing both sides of an issue truth has many dimensions
6) Universalizing Faith (very few people) imitates the love of God an enlarged vision of justice and truth the foreign orphan is as important as my own child