Christianity Revision Checklist

Augustine on Human Nature

Can you give brief definitions of:

  • grace
  • concupiscence
  • continence
  • Original Sin
  • Pelagianism

Can you explain:

  • Augustine’s idea of the divided will
  • Augustine’s teaching on the relationship of caritas and cupiditas
  • Reinhold Niebuhr’s teaching on collective sin, power and politics
  • the Fall as a symbol of each person’s spiritual journey

Can you give arguments for and against:

  • whether the doctrine of Original Sin explains why humans fall to act well
  • whether belief in God’s grace makes people less violent
  • whether the world and human nature are essentially evil

Death and the Afterlife

Can you give brief definitions of:

  • the parousia
  • eschatology
  • Sheol and Gehenna
  • millenarianism
  • limited election

Can you explain:

  • the significance of the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus
  • why Christians disagree about when judgement takes place
  • the main teaching of the parable of the Sheep and the Goats
  • the beatific vision

Can you give arguments for and against:

  • Christian belief in purgatory
  • belief in heaven/hell as reward for moral behaviour
  • hell as an actual place of torment
  • heaven as the transformation and perfection of this world

Knowledge of God

Can you give brief definitions of:

  • the census divinitatis
  • universal consent argument
  • the world as God’s mirror
  • regeneration
  • fideism

Can you explain:

  • knowledge of the natural world as ‘point of contact’ with God
  • the principle of accommodation
  • the significance of the Fall
  • formed and unformed faith

Can you give arguments for and against:

  • whether knowing about the existence of God is the same as knowing God
  • whether revealed theology is irrational
  • whether true knowledge of God is only revealed in Jesus Christ
  • the use of the Bible in Christian theology

The Person of Jesus Christ

Can you give brief definitions of:

  • authority
  • metanoia
  • preferential option for the poor
  • Son of God
  • Christology

Can you explain:

  • why Ludwig Wittgenstein was inspired by Jesus as a moral teacher
  • Jesus’ teaching on inner purity
  • how Jesus challenged the place of the marginalised in society
  • why Christians worship Jesus Christ
  • the meaning of the term ‘Christ-event’

Can you give arguments for and against:

  • presenting Jesus as a political revolutionary
  • Jesus as just a teacher of wisdom
  • the miracles as proof of Jesus’ divinity
  • Christ as the unique means of truth

Christian Moral Principles

Can you give brief definitions of:

  • biblicism
  • the covenant
  • the Magisterium
  • agape
  • pragmatism

Can you explain:

  • the main difference between theonomous and heteronomous Christian ethics
  • why Catholic natural law ethics is a theological idea
  • why some Christians argue that the Christian community is the most important source of Christian ethics
  • the significance of the Sermon on the Mount for Christian ethics

Can you give arguments for and against:

  • love (agape) as the only basis for Christian ethical practices
  • whether natural law is especially Christian
  • whether Bible passages which appear to be contradictory undermine its moral authority
  • whether Christian ethics are personal or communal

Christian Moral Actions

Can you give brief definitions of:

  • the world come of age
  • the Western void
  • no rusty swords
  • religionless Christianity
  • Jesus as a ‘man for others’?

Can you explain:

  • what he meant by the ‘terrible alternative’
  • why he changed his mind about pacifism
  • his teaching about relationship between the state and Church
  • the difference between cheap grace and costly grace

Can you give arguments for and against:

  • whether Bonhoeffer is right that obedience to the will of God is liberating
  • the claim that Christian ethical decisions are always ones of conflict and action
  • civil disobedience

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