ABOUT THIS COURSE:

THERE ARE MANY ERRORS ABOUT GOD IN OUR DAY. Most people will say they “believe in God” but what they mean by that can vary dramatically.

 

Some say they believe in a “higher power” which is usually an attempt to explain the existence of the world while avoiding any of the moral duties that follow from traditional understandings of God.

 

Deists say that God created the world and then left it alone to exist and run its course on its own (not possible).

 

Other people influenced by New Age ideologies say things like there are “many Gods” (polytheism) or that “the world is God” (“pantheism”).

 

Mormons believe in contradictory notions of a “caused God” and who is one of an infinite number of others.

 

Others, who even call themselves “Christians”, hold to all sorts of errors about God. Some say God is limited in His knowledge and actually ignorant of the future (“open theism”).

 

Others say God is limited in His power and not omnipotent.

 

Still others say that we can only know about God through faith (fideism) while others hold the opposite extreme and say we can only know about God through reason (rationalism).

 

We say that all of these are errors about God because they either contradict what reason can demonstrate about God or what God has actually revealed about Himself.

 

THIS IS A BIG DEAL: To be in error about God is to be in error about the most important and noble thing possible. For this reason we should take errors about God seriously. Friends don’t let friends be in error about God.

 

The Catholic Church takes these errors about God seriously. For this reason, the Church has frequently spoken out against them, most explicitly and formally in the First Vatican Council.

 

The purpose of this course is to help you understand WHAT WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT GOD AND HOW WE KNOW IT so that you can both perfect your own knowledge and be better equipped to correct the errors of others.

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