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April 11, 2010

CCC 27-49

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Desiring God

  1. Man desires God because God created him and constantly calls him into communion with himself.
  2. Religious expression is universal and proves man a religious being. Man seeks God. [Acts 17:26-28]
  3. For various reasons, man can neglect or reject his bond with God. [Mt 13:22, Gen 3:8-10, Jon 1:3]
  4. God never ceases to call. Seeking him is a serious but happy undertaking. [Ps 105:3]

Knowing God

  1. The ways of knowing God are called proofs of God’s existence. [reason; not scientific]
  2. Proof lies in the beuty of his creation. [Rom 1:19-20, Acts 14:15, Acts 17, Wis 13:1-9]
  3. Attributes of the person are signs of an eternal spiritual soul that must be from God.
  4. The world and man are part of the same beginning and the same end.
  5. Man can reason God’s existence, but a relationship with him is based on revelation and faith.

The Church’s Knowledge of God

  1. It is logical that man can know of God through reason before he can accept God through faith. [Gen 1:27]
  2. Disorders from original sin are obstacles to reason.
  3. Thus, God reveals everything, not just the mysteries.

Language About God

  1. If reason proves the exitence of God, all men can be taught and understand.
  2. Our language for God is limited by our understanding of him. We must start with creation.
  3. All creatures resemble God, more or less. [Wis 13:5]
  4. Human words fall short and must continually be improved.
  5. God is infinitely simple. Attempts to explain God reveal our differences from our creator. We can explain what he isn’t, not what he is.


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* IN BRIEF sections are materially the same as the preceding paragraphs and are generally omitted from these notes.


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